Much has been written about the use of new technologies during the Obama election campaign. The Economist (March 20th 2010, pp 37-38) analyse the implications for the upcoming election in Britain. Unsurprisingly, when it comes to using technology everything is more complicated than it may initially appear. Their conclusion: “First-time activists were drawn to Mr Obama´s campaign largely because of his personal appeal. Candidates, as an electorate not especially taken with either Mr Brown or Mr Cameron is finding out, are harder to replicate than technologies.”
I have spent a lot of time this week observing and talking to teachers. In general I think we agree with the above! Technology gives us teachers many tools and resources but in no way replaces solid and indeed, innovative teaching. With or without technology people remain people and Shakespeare’s insights into people probably remain as true today in the Internet age as they did before Satellite TV 🙂 http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/students.htm is my favourite Shakespeare site of the moment. It is worth checking out for fun and maybe even for class.