The first Chinese title I used in this blog. This title is adapted from a Chinese column report in Lianhe Zaobao. I felt this report is an insightful yet controversial one. The columist Mr Gao commented,
- Traditional pen and paper teaching is still the best way to build up strong foundations in subjects like languages, mathematics, sciences and humanities.
- The essence of face-to-face teaching cannot be replicated with teaching in a virtual environment.
- Educators shouldn’t get carried away with excessive use of technology.
Yes, when a great teacher conducts face-to-face teaching, the learning experience is indeed priceless, which is somewhat impossible to achieve using technology.
However, while I agree with some of Mr Gao’s advice, I wonder if Mr Gao has seen how our pupils today learn, especially beyond classrooms and informally. I wonder if Mr Gao noticed the amount of new media children have been exposed to. I wonder if Mr Gao, being a technology columist, has seen how technology can add value, instead of adding gimmicks, to teaching and learning in schools.
Judging from some strong words Mr Gao used in this article, I believed that he has seen some negative examples of how technology has been used in teaching.
Is Mr Gao disllusioned after seeing more education institutions splashing millions on ‘technological white elephants’?