Poll Number Two

On Monday, I posted a poll, partly as a test of ProProf’s Free Poll generator, and partly to generate some conversation.  The question was: “Can a teacher be a good teacher without using technology?”

You can see the results to the right.  Of course it is a complicated question and it is a complicated environment that the question is about.  Kelly Wilson put it well in her comment…

The challenge for me in answering this is that “teacher” encompasses such a wide range of ages and subject matters. In addition, there are so many types and sizes of classrooms from one to one schooling to lecture halls. I do think that certain ages and ways of thinking can be taught without technology in the right situation. But those situations seem to now be the exception and not the rule for many of today’s students. I also agree with Lisa and Rachel’s comments that in preparing students for today’s environment technology and its inherent collaborative features are critical.

For me, and I understood the intent of the question, I’d go with a “yes!” A teacher can be a good teacher without using technology.  I had several of them, long before personal computer existed — long before calculators existed.

But the more interesting question that addresses Kelly’s comments — “Is a teacher who is not using technology doing his or her job?”  What do you think, and please comment…

Author: David Istlandoll

David Istlandoll has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.