I love technology as much as anyone. We all work within time constraints; for example, I get fifty-one minutes a period (43 on Wednesdays). Going to the computer lab, powering up, logging on—it all takes time.
Often at the heart of using computers is a way of working or thinking which, when done on the computer, looks better but is not more cognitively demanding than the same work done on paper.
Today we created a "Whiteboard Wiki" across two periods of senior AP Lit students.I set up the categories ahead of time, using the same set up/format as appears on Wikipedia. They had read passages from Nietzsche to prepare them for a discussion on the concept of the Superman in Crime and Punishment.
Groups generated and then posted ideas for the categories I created.
When the next period came in, instead of erasing it and starting
anew, we used the wiki way of collaborating on content and kept adding
to it (as the third image below shows).
Then we used these "entries" on our whiteboard wiki as the basis for a ripping discussion, which we will continue tomorrow.
High-tech thinking for pennies with maximum use of time. That's my idea of a good (instructional) time.