Task: Listen to the podcast 21st century education (or read the transcript) of this episode of Future Tense – a radio program on the ABC that looks at the future and technology. You can access it here:
One of the interviewees, Greg Whitby, claims that the focus on technology is a “waste of time”. He says, “If you focus on the technology, you ignore the central problem and the central issue.”
What do you think he means by this, and to what extent do you agree? Why do you think we focus on the technology?
I do not agree with Whitby’s statement that technology is a ‘waste of time’. However, I do agree with his statement ‘if you focus on the technology, you ignore the central problem and the central issue’ to an extent. Technology can be an extremely effective learning tool, if it is used as just that. As Whitby suggests, in order to effectively communicate, technology should be used when appropriate rather than for the sake of using it. The most effective uses of technology in teaching that I have witnessed do not rely on the technology to teach, but rather utilise the technology to enhance and compliment the content being taught. As a Visual Arts pre-service teacher, I think that the carefully considered use of technology can be successful. However, it must be used to accompany a variety of learning activities and experiences.