Being a southpaw, I loved writing this particular post. I had a smile on my face the entire time, so be warned — I’m riding a wave of superiority at the moment.
As great as left-handed people are — we have suffered in silence for a very long time. While we make up about 10% of the general population the world has been constructed for ‘righties’. We have had a rough ride:
Scissors — Just try using your left hand. Go ahead and try — I dare you;
Door knobs — made to turn to the right which is physiologically easier for righties;
Automobile manual transmission gear shifts — unless you’re in England, Australia or a small number of other places;
3-Ring Binders — impossible for lefties to write on the right side of the rings where most lined paper is designed because our wrist is actually hooked when we write;
Ball-point pens — don’t work well for lefties because we push the pen rather than pull it;
Computer keyboard number pad — always on the right side;
With so many changes happening in educational technology, it’s particularly easy to get lost in all of the hype and hyperbole. New technology in education really isn’t the goal — instead, technology should be the tool or innovation we might use to more fully achieve the learning potential of our students — increasing their engagement and personal empowerment.
Cool But Kind of Useless
Let’s be clear — some technology is just plain useless. We need to be ever vigilant to not head down the rabbit hole of “shiny and new is always better”. The tech needs to make sense. It needs to make learning better, not just flashier.
I’m not an expert on ‘everything tech’ — probably never will be. But, you don’t have to be an expert in technology to ask some of the important questions:
What does this technology ENABLE that wasn’t possible without it?
Does it truly INNOVATE the learning or just replace something that is ‘less-techy’?
Can it provide greater ACCESS for some students that wasn’t possible before the tech?
My children might argue that it’s more than a “bit”. I really love how science consistently works to validate ideas and increase our understanding of the world. And I love how it actually creates more questions than it answers — Science is a never-ending series of inquiries that delve deeper and deeper into areas of discovery.