Gordon Chan: Tech is nice, but good teaching relies on basics

February 26, 2014 

DN teacher conference

Teachers spent Saturday at Gregori High School in Modesto as learners at the Educational Technology Conference ETC! Among the presenters was Chad King, who led the session “ClassDojo: Manage Your Class Like a Ninja.”

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I attended the Educational Technology Conference at Gregori High School on Saturday. The array of technology demonstrated blew my mind. It showed me that I am a chalk, blackboard, pencil and paper teacher before I am an expert in technology. I know that most of my students are not familiar with most of the software that was displayed and demonstrated. Most students can work a smartphone and connect with social media.

I still believe that a teacher does not need technology in the classroom of the sophistication demonstrated at the conference. Of course, I have access to more teaching resources, but I still believe that a teacher, a chalkboard and willing students are all we need to have a superior and effective education.

I have a computer in my classroom. It is great for taking attendance, recording grades and communicating with parents. However, my students do not need a computer to be an independent thinker, an effective learner and a great communicator.

I want to thank all the presenters and organizers for an excellent conference.



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