You know I can’t go too many days without getting my technophobia on, kids! Check out the new tag I’ve added here, “technoskepticism.” I considered “technophobia,” but I don’t fear new technology–I just think that much of it is a waste of my time. I remain open to the possibility that someday, somewhere some new technology will really excite me instead of cause me to slap my forehead and ask, “who falls for this $hit?” And, you may not want to be reminded of this, but once upon a time 8-track tapes were the I-Pod of 1974, and Commodore 64s were the Facebook of 1982.
So–clickers. Have you used them in class? What kinds of advantages do you think they bring to a classroom in the humanities in particular? I’ve been invited to attend a workshop on them, and I’m half tempted, given the ridiculous 123-seat survey course I’m scheduled to teach in the fall. Continue Reading »