Monday, May 16, 2011

Great quote

In a blog post about whether social networking technologies have a positive impact on educational practices, danah boyd wrote:

"Finally, please adult world, I beg you… stop fearing and/or fetishizing technology. Neither approach does us any good. Technology is not the devil, nor is it the panacea you’ve been waiting for. It’s a tool. Just like a pencil. Figure out what it’s good for and leverage that to your advantage. Realize that there are interface problems and figure out how to work around them to meet your goals. Tools do not define pedagogy, but pedagogy can leverage tools. The first step is understanding what the technology is about, when and where it is useful, and how it can and will be manipulated by users for their own desires."

Couldn't have said it better myself! 

1 comment:

  1. Sorry, I just had to leave a comment. This quote just reminded me of an opinion piece I wrote for The Spectator about a year ago regarding technology in the classroom (before you were hired). =)