This is our new departmental weblog. In it we share our concern about
using technology as we teach. We are not pollyannish in our view of technology. It can have a dark or, even worse, a useless side. On the other hand Luddites are welcome here, but not likely to show up. If anything, this website recognizes the realpolitik of technology. It is a done deal in our lives and resistance is futile. That doesn’t mean we adopt tech willynilly. Technology should first augment what works well for us. If it doesn’t make your teaching life better, then the technology is irrelevant.
This weblog seeks to broaden your notion of what we mean by technology. Would a good chair at work be a technology worth writing about. Would magnetic paper for creating a business card for your students to put on their refridgerator be a worthwhile topic? Maybe, but if that one is too socially intimate, then how about taking a cellphone picture (or even better have students take pictures) of your whiteboard/blackboard after a particularly inspired class? How about the cool writing desk at Levenger’s? Never been to Levenger’s? Go there. A student needs to find an expert really quickly, but you don’t have the time to help. Send them to Ask Metafilter.
More importantly, this site welcomes you to join in the fray, to become a part of the lively conversation that we hear among our students in Cherry Hall’s corridors, but that we aren’t always privvy to. You can register and become a member of the tribe who seeks to make their teaching, scholarship, and personal learning ‘better’ no matter how you define that slippery word. OK, you can swing the champagne bottle now.