Doing Things Differently, or Doing Different Things?

The new tools of teaching are going to revolutionize the role of the professor in the classroom. Gone are the days in which the teacher occupies center stage–this new technology replaces traditional classroom instruction. Soon, students will learn via the screen, and our role as faculty will be rendered obsolete. Technology changes everything, but is change always good?

This was the conversation when televisions and VCRs became prevalent in classrooms.

You look surprised.

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

Fans of The Simpsons will probably recognize the reference in this post’s title; it comes from a 1994 episode where news anchor Kent Brockman is reporting on what he thinks is an invasion of alien ants: “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.” It’s a wickedly funny episode (as most early Simpsons were), but Brockman’s line has taken on a pop-culture life of its own since then. Continue reading “I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords”