|The Learning Expectation Above Would Never Be Seen In A Waldorf School.|
It is amazing to me that people can get so heated in a debate regarding technology use in schools. Frankly, I am offended by anyone that would cling to either side of this argument. As is usually the case, the answer is somewhere in between the two extremes. Also there is no one answer that suits all learners. We should count our blessings for the fact that we are living in an age that provides learners more choices and not waste our time defending the black or white in such debates where answers are firmly embedded an ever-expanding gray area.
Having said this, I was happy to read the perspectives of some of the students in Mr. Marcinek's Web 2.0 Class.
"The teachers and supporters of Waldorf all came off as if they just despised technology because they simply don't believe in the potential it has to offer. I can definitely see the point that Waldorf is trying to enforce, however they give off the impression that they are against change and progression. They seem to only see one way a student can learn, when in reality no student learns the same way."
"A blended approach would be ideal. It would have the best of both worlds."
"I think technology is a way to make things easier, but it doesn't always apply to everybody, and that is the case with this school. I think it's all personal preference, some people prefer to use technology, they think its helpful to their studies; some people think it's a huge distraction to what they do; and some, like me, don't really have a preference as to what kind of learning philosophy the school utilizes."