To Tech, or Not to Tech…

monika and theresaI’ve been thinking a lot lately, yes, I know, that’s unusual.   Yesterday, I had my learners out on the track blindfolded, taking part in a trust activity with a partner.  No tech was involved whatsoever.  I watched this group lead each other, giving encouragement, providing instructions, (Go slowly, go right, no, no, other right…). They competed with each other to find an object with only the voice of their partner leading them on, encouraging them.

This task was a modification of a trust activity I learned while taking a post-grad HRM course, meant for managers and leaders.  Part of the idea was to reflect back on the activity.  While blindfolded, how quickly did you move forward?  Was your progress incremental because you preferred to use your stick (pointers or metre sticks) to feel your way around yourself, or did you burst forth down the path, fully confident in your partner’s protection and guidance?

The activity generated a good deal of discussion back in class.  We have just finished our “leadership” unit, and have begun AODA training.  The objectives of this task were both to reflect on one’s leadership style, and to put oneself in the shoes of someone with low to no vision.

The reason I’m adding this to my tech blog is to show that I’m not all about technology.  There are times when a non-tech teaching method works better, and is more fit for the task.  That said, I love the challenge of taking a new piece of technology and breaking it down to see how it can be applied to make either my or my students’ learning process smoother.  I’m always on the lookout for edutech that can elevate a lesson, or at least, help keep me organized!


About jenniferartan

ESL instructor in London. Level 2 Google Certified Educator. Blended Learning. Learning Management Systems. TESL Ontario Webinar Manager. Edutech Conference Junkie. Smartboards. Reluctant Techie.
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