(Re)Defining Technology

The term “technology” consistently calls to mind cell phones, computers, or televisions – essentially, anything with a screen. Our modern contexts, replete with these screens, have skewed our ideas and definitions of technology. I was fascinated by our discussion of Paul Fyfe’s “Digital Pedagogy Unplugged” in class today, where we discussed the value of a classroom environment that fosters “teaching naked” – i.e. without screens. If we use a broader definition of technology, looking at any tools that augment our learning as technology, we can incorporate pencils, paper, highlighters, and tangible books into our classrooms, without feeling guilty for not using screens.

Post-COVID, I (along with my students) consistently feel screen burnout. Redefining “technology” feels like the light at the end of a long burnout tunnel.

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