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So, they want my opinion on technology in the classroom?

On my office wall hangs a copy of a picture of Raphael’s The School of Athens. It is instructive both of the Late Medieval period of philosophy and of technology in learning contexts. In this painting Pythagoras is demonstrating his theorem in a book while Euclid is demonstrating his ideas on a slate. Strabo holds up a globe depicting the heavens and the positions of heavenly bodies relative to each other. Archimedes has drawn a picture of his principle of displacement. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, delivers a book and a scroll to a yet to be known recipient. The center of the painting shows Plato and Aristotle gesturing in their own appropriate directions holding large copies of a few of their well-known tomes.

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We tend to think of technology in the learning context as something new. That is far from the truth. Technology has been employed by teachers and schools to communicate necessary knowledge and skills to millions of students from the beginning of human history – or at least as far back as its Classical adherents. Technology in the classroom is nothing new. Teachers have been using whatever they could lay their hands on to more ably communicate knowledge and skills to their students. They exercised creativity in the production of means to accomplish a desired end. Whatever worked was retained. Whatever did not work was discarded. Often, some of what worked was superseded by more advanced means, attended by even more instructor creativity. The point is, use whatever you can appropriately use to get the job done and be done with that which does not get it done or does not seem to do the job as well as some other technology. If teachers keep this in mind, they will never be mesmerized by less than useful technology, and they will always be looking for creative new ways to help their students learn.

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A third resurrection…moving on.

My blog has seen more resurrections than a bad zombie flick. This situation can mostly be credited to the imposition of major life events and enduring life issues. This happens with life. By now all my original followers and subscribers have moved onto more regular mental stimulation. Yet, I begin anew.

But I’m back in education again. After a couple years in sales – education and motorcycles – I’m back as a director of another university library. This time I serve as the Library Director of South University – Columbia. It specializes in providing degrees in health careers, business, technology, criminal justice, and psychology. Not bad work, if you can get it.

Furthermore, I’ve just registered for my first classes to complete a PhD in Higher Education Administration. I still continue as PhD ABD in Historical Theology. What becomes of that is anyone’s guess. I only know that I can’t make a living at it with my very narrow list of potential employers, my scarlet “D”, and the infinitesimally small number of jobs out there in that field.

Still, I press on…

Look for essays on this site discussing education, higher education, and society from the perspective of  an historically trained mind with a classical proclivity. I expect that I will be somewhat iconoclastic within the current discipline of the field of education. Like everything else, it is going to hell in a handbasket. We will see what can be done, if anything.

On that positive note, I press on.