It appears as if the ed tech apocalypse is right around the corner.
So a student comes up to me after class this morning and says something to this effect: “I just wanted you to know that I wasn’t playing with my phone during the discussion. My textbook is on my phone.” Then he shows me his phone and right there is Rebirth of a Nation by Jackson Lears.
Now I’m certain this student actually was referring to the book during the discussion, otherwise he wouldn’t have showed it to me afterwards. But what am I going to do when everybody only has to access their textbooks through their laptops or their phones? How will I know they aren’t on Facebook? What happens if they all have different e-versions of the text? Will I have to read the first sentence of the quote and wait for them to tap it into their search engines before we can discuss it?
I have no answers on this issue, only questions.
PS H/t to the Pietist Schoolman for the graphic. I told you it would come in handy fast.
Update: Coincidentally, UD gets at the heart of the problem here.