Technology has abstracted the educational sphere in the way it has abstracted all other aspects of our lives. Pencils and paper have given way to the more amorphous cloud-based computing, kids are presenting more with Prezi than on poster boards, and work can be turned in online instead of in-hand.
Like any technological “progress” or innovation, in education, as in life, some have wholeheartedly embraced this move to the virtual, some have allowed it to seep into their lives, and some have bucked it for as long as they could. Is it possible, though, that human beings crave a certain amount of tactile learning?
What we’ve seen with this inexorable move toward technology is a countermovement to reground student learning and engage hands and bodies as well as minds. While the pendulum of educational practice has swung to the side of the virtual, there is also an effort underway to pull the pendulum in the other direction.
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