‘Managing students’ technology’ equals ‘forcing them to sit and listen’
Calvin Hennick wrote:
NetSupport’s Kingsley is more skeptical. He laughs at the notion that students will studiously ignore text messages and social media updates from their friends and simply put their devices down when the teacher is talking. “Have you been in a classroom?” he asks. “If only the kids would do that.”
“The level of temptation, whether it’s Facebook status updates or chatting with other students, there will always be students doing that,” Kingsley adds. “If you tell them to go to a particular website, how do you know all 30 kids are on that website? You don’t, unless you get up and walk around and check, and then you’ve just wasted 10 minutes of class time. The whole point of this [screen monitoring/blocking] software is to free up time for teachers to do what they do best, which is to teach.”
In other words, teaching = teacher talking while kids are forced to sit and listen.
You could view walking around and seeing what is on kids’ screens as wasting 10 minutes of class time (10 minutes? really?). Or you could view it as what teachers already should be doing.
Another technological ‘solution’ to what ultimately is a learning-teaching issue…