Proc. Southern African Computer Lecturers’ Association Conference, Port Elizabeth, June 2014, pp 20-23

Technology is touted as a solution to problems in education. But is it? I report here on experiences with dropping use of slides in lectures and returning to working on the board. The apparent result is more interactive, engaged classes. Unfortunately there are too many other variables to make the experiences here definitive. The purpose of this paper is to provoke discussion on whether technology is overused in teaching when the goals of improving student engagement and general effectiveness of learning can be met many ways. Technology is not necessarily bad, but making it the starting point risks locking out non-technological options.

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