On Mar 5, 2004, at 11:12 AM, Steve Barner wrote:
> One disruptive technology in our business is instant messaging. NCLB
> has mandated
> that we block this tool, just when we had started figuring out ways to
> allow teachers and
> students to collaborate with it. I think this is a prime example of
> reacting negatively to
> disruptive technology instead of finding ways for it to slingshot us
> forward in new and
> constructive directions.
:) We're going through a major software evaluation process here
and were told not to bring our notebook computers - for fear that
our attention would drift from the presention towards email, the
web, and im. One of the products included in the demonstration,
of course, are the collaborative tools - which we got to see put to
good use when we asked a technical question the presenter couldn't
answer, but which he could get help on from an engineer in Flordia,
who took over his machine and ran that part of the demonstration !
When email was first coming out, we had a hard time in getting
some faculty to use it ... "its just a distraction." But when their kids
went off to another college, email became a very convenient way
to deal with that "disruption."
In my day, the disruptive technology was the ball point pen which
was threatening the demise of penmanship !