This is from Cynthia in our Group 8 UCI Saturday classes:
I was thinking about the use of technology in the classroom. Last year was unprecedented in the use of technology in the classroom. Maybe I am just too old school??? I found that too much technology really hindered the kids. I found the kids trying to get online to other classes if I was not constantly monitoring what they were doing on the computers. Last year I taught in fear that we would be sent home and I would have to have everything able to transition in a moment’s notice. This year I decided that I can’t teach in fear of this happening. The kids deserve better than that. What is my point? I plan to use technology as it fits what I am doing. But I am not going to use it more than once or twice per week. I am even going back to good old fashioned they must handwrite pretty much everything they do? Why? They got comfortable having google translate just a click away! How to destroy language learning? Teach them grammar or give them unfettered access to google translate!
I am not judging anyone for using PearDeck or any other technology! These are wonderful, awesome tools. I am just reminding myself and you all, that too much tech may not be good for language learning.