Unfortunately, learners might not connect these classroom issues to the greater culture. Therefore, teachers are introduced to historical examples of technology use to further illustrate nature of technology ideas. These examples range from the printing press to the chalkboard. The preservice teachers are asked how these technologies changed education and cultures. For example, when discussing the chalkboard, the instructor might ask, “How do you think the chalkboard has impacted education today?” This question asks teachers to consider the nature of technological progress and the implications for current educational technology’s effect on instruction. These historical examples help the preservice teachers see how the nature of technology provides a useful lens for considering educational technology. Preservice teachers can easily dismiss claims by the instructor that current technologies may have unintended consequences for the future of education. However, they cannot dismiss lessons from history.
This post is from a paper I recently presented at the Association for Science Teacher Educators. For the full paper and citations, click here.