Good teaching wins over technology!

A news entry on Inside Higher Ed this week refers to students’ use of technology. The fact that they are using ‘more technology than ever’ will come as no surprise, but a report by the Educause Center for Applied Research looks more closely at how students use information technology in college and how it can be harnessed to improve the learning experience.

I was particularly interested in the conclusion that ‘students appear to segment different modes of communication for different purposes.’ The report suggests that e-mail, Web sites, message boards and Blackboard are viable ways of connecting with professors and peers, but this is not so for chat, instant messaging, Facebook and text messages, because students ‘want to protect these tools