The e-pioneer avoids toolishness.
The word toolishness is used to describe a fondness of tools that transcends purpose and utility.
While encouraging teachers to use technology, e-pioneers are careful not to promote toolishness.
When a teacher takes learners into a state of the art computer laboratory but only allows the learners to read information from a screen – which they can read from a textbook – it is toolishness. The e-pioneer must rather support teachers to use the power of technology to help learners develop fact-gathering, analysis and synthesis skills required for twenty-first century living.
Sophisticated educational software programmes are installed in many schools – but many of them are never used. These products are often procured because they are imagined to be a solution to the learning needs at the school. Subsequent experience proves that simpler products yield similar or better results. Teachers must be warned about this form of toolishness.
Interactive electronic whiteboards are wonderful teaching tools, but if they are used only to project images, a data projector would have sufficed. Why go to the trouble of acquiring an expensive piece of technology if a simpler tool serves the purpose?
The e-pioneer helps teachers to identify educational problems first and then to select the most appropriate tools to solve them, rather than to purchase a tool and then trying to find a problem that can be solved by it.
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