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Bite-sized lesson 6: Tools

Posted on: December 4, 2017

I am recreating some of my favourite image quotes I created some time ago. This time I use Pablo by Buffer and indicate attribution and CC license.

We shape our tools and then our tools shape us. -- Marshall McLuhan

This is one of my favourite quotations because it challenges the rhetoric that “technology is just a tool” and that it should be use to merely enhance learning.

Some tools are extremely powerful. So powerful that they change mindsets and behaviours. Take the modern mobile phone for instance. They have changed the way we walk and communicate and they continue to affect the way we learn.

If teachers and administrators want to integrate technology (not just use it) in the curriculum and classroom, they need to acknowledge this fact and learn more about sociotechnical systems and change.

Note: I am on vacation with my family. However, I am keeping up my blog-reflection-a-day habit by scheduling a thought a day. I hope this shows that reflections do not have to be arduous to provoke thought or seed learning.

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