Trends in Ed 7.31.09
Here's an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education
which profiles Jose Bowen, a dean at Southern Methodist University who advocates for stripping technology out of college classrooms, or as he terms it, "teaching naked."
Of course, the backlash against classroom technology is nothing new. One of Bowen's major points is that professors rely too much on PowerPoint, which leads to dull lectures and passive learning. This may be true, but isn't there a lot of newer technology which increases students' ability to learn actively?
I thought Bowen's most interesting point was that professors have to ramp up the in-classroom experience in order to compete with the online learning opportunities that are out there (i.e. why should a student pay to hear a boring lecture at Southern Methodist if they can watch a great lecture online?). While to him, this means stripping away the tech in order to facilitate even better discussion, I think that it could be as much an argument for incorporating technology into these active learning experiences as anything else.