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Thread by @Lollardfish: "Good morning. My theory on technology in the classroom is this: Our choice is between surveillance vs teaching students to use tech well. Ba […]"

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Good morning. My theory on technology in the classroom is this: Our choice is between surveillance vs teaching students to use tech well. Bans will fail and fail increasingly as technology advances.

Read @TheAtlantic: theatlantic.com/education/arch…
It's become clear over the last 4 years that it's difficult to persuade many people that ableism is a good enough not to ban laptops. I find that ... I find that infuriating.
The evidence that for many students using technology in the classroom has a negative effect on their learning is mixed, but strong enough in certain kinds of classes.
Just the other day a new @insidehighered piece reported on a new study. I haven't read the original study yet, but notice the lede: "Yes, cellphones and laptops do affect students' grades, and no, students can't multitask as well as they say they can." insidehighered.com/news/2018/07/2…
As a blanket statement that assumes a lot. A more accurate lede would be: A psych prof finds in large lecture-based psych classes that tech correlates to poorer performance. Which seems possible!
As opposed to Ruth Colker, who found that in law school, laptop use does not correlate to poorer performance (also does a strong literature review) - papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
But I choose to address the issue from another angle: Tech is embedded in our lives. And if you are old enough to be on this site, you have no idea (I too have no idea!) how deeply it will be embedded in the lives of coming generations.
So as a matter of course, we have only two choice: 1) panopticon - surveill your students to stop them from using tech. 2) Build a pedagogy in which you help students learn to regulate their own tech in whatever way helps them learn best.
I expect to have this argument a lot in the coming months, so here's the thread I plan to share. Have a great Sunday!
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