Education has changed dramatically since the digital revolution, and technology in the classroom is no exception.
When I began taking college classes at Dakota State University about 15 years ago, I had never sent an email or browsed this “Internet” that I was hearing so much about.
Even at a university recognized for embracing technology, DSU’s computer programming classes used methods that now seem archaic by today’s standards.
(Disclaimer: I now teach online and blended learning courses there in this very topic.)
Back then, I was impressed by a 32-inch TV/computer monitor with a remote control that doubled as a mouse. The professor advanced PowerPoint slides from anywhere in the room!
Students used pencils and paper, antiquated predecessors to the stylus and tablet PCs students use today.
But there’s a difference between how students are used to plugging in, and truly effective blended learning.