Technology and Pedagogical Meaning: Lessons from the Language Classroom

David I. Smith


As debate continues concerning the general implications of new technologies for education, David I. Smith notes that decisions about whether to shift a particular learning activity into a different technological medium are often made in a more piecemeal and localized manner. This article shows by way of an example from the foreign language classroom how shifting the same learning activity into different technological settings changes the meaning (and not merely the efficiency) of the learning in ways that are relevant to the mission of Christian colleges. He also argues that more discussion of such local changes in pedagogical meaning is needed if Christian colleges are to use learning technologies wisely. Mr. Smith is Assistant Professor of Germanic and Asian Languages and Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College.


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