I have recently read Neil Postman’s “Technopoly”. First of all, great book! The book outlines arguments he has made before regarding the dangers of technology and how technology does change our culture, and usually without our questioning it – most of the time we applaud the oncoming of new technologies. Postman’s main idea is that while there are clear benefits with technology, there is always something lost. Even with the invention of the printing press – clear positive impact – yet the ease of print made everyone their own theologian and the tradition of religions was lost. Also, no longer did people have remember – and access to knowledge could easily be misinterpreted as wisdom.
Anyway, my point is to ask what is lost with education technology. I believe that many times teachers and professors include too much information now that it is so easy to put it into a powerpoint, or that teachers no longer consider how to make representations more concrete – instead, they think about how to make it more “flashy” using technology. Some of these are more obvious and have direct effects on learning. However, less obvious are things like cultural changes where students do not value, or are incapable of engaging in face-to-face interactions.
So my question is: “What concerns must we think about when incorporating educational technology that we are probably unaware of?”