The Chronicle recently ran an article titled “iPads Could Hinder Teaching.” File that title under painfully obvious.
Equipping students with technological aids in the classroom does more to distract than to facilitate. The perceived benefits of giving tablets to students are based on what the best students will do with them. Unfortunately, the average student is more likely to be pulled into Facebook if given an easier opportunity to access it in class.
Near the end of the article, an educational-software sales manager is said to be waiting for a device with both pen and finger-touch capabilities.
Why wait? We have such a device right now. It’s called a book. You take notes in it with a pen and turn pages with your fingers.
I love new technology, but within the classroom walls, my experience suggests that slower is better.