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An edtech truth

Posted on: August 25, 2020

The more I work in the field of educational technology, the more I realise that technology does not transform as much as it reveals.

Technology does not auto-magically make your teaching better (or worse for that matter). It reveals who you are and what you do. That is what makes your teaching better or worse.

To give technology all the credit or blame is to be technologically deterministic. But technology is not just a tool. Marshall McLuhan said it best:

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

Our reliance on video conferencing tools in the age of COVID-19 reveals if we simply try to recreate the conventional classroom. If we do, we do not let the tools and circumstances reshape us.

But if we first analyse a tool’s affordances, we figure out what is was designed to do and we change our behaviours. As we do so, we learn what the rules of use are, what rules can be bent, and which can be broken. We reshape that tool and the cyclic dance continues.

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