Fear of Change
The Luddites were early 19th-century English textile workers (or self-employed
who feared the end of their trade) who protested against newly developed labor-economizing technologies by destroying the mills and factories that were displacing them. weavers
These Luddites "protested" by destroying the machines and factories that disrupted a
I get more than a few emails from faculty that point out technology's flaws. It might be an article about how some Silicon Valley CEOs send their kids to tech free schools, or perhaps an article on how cursive penmanship wires our brains in a way more conducive to learning. There are thousands of such articles. (I wonder if the authors of such articles first write them out in in cursive. And I also can't help but noticing that they use technology (google+, email) to broadcast the message to a wide audience. Irony?)
But again, these folks actually have my sympathy. Some good things will be lost. What is crucial going forward is thinking about how technology can let us do things we never did before; not in a willy-nilly way, but in a thoughtful, serious way.
What is essential to hold on to? What is essential to add? Here's what ISTE feels what students should be able to do. It seems a good starting point.