The Myths of Technology Series

There are many different arguments that you hear when dealing with technology in schools and sometimes it is crucial to have the counter-argument ready.  From my own experience of using technology and working with schools and classrooms, I have started to see technology with a different lens.  Although in every statement I share below, there is some truth, it is important that we try to focus on what opportunities technology presents to us as educators to do something that we could not do before.

Below are some of the “myths” that I have focused on this series.  I hope that it can generate some discussion so we can all be thoughtful on using technology to make a difference with our students.

Myth 1: Technology Equals Engagement

Myth 2: Don’t Talk To Strangers

Myth 3: Technology Makes Us Narcissistic 

Myth 4: Technology Will Replace Face-To-Face Interaction

Myth 5: Technology Dehumanizes

Myth 6: Technology Makes Us Dumb


  1. Suzanne

    I love this discussion about technology and the myths. I agree that technology increase opportunity for interaction from a distance. But for young people around the millienum age, they don’t know any difference. The change is for those who hold traditional ways of teaching. That’s okay but traditional learning can be implemented using technology.

  2. […] It wasn’t all doom and gloom though. George Couros asked us to remember that sometimes, it can be easy to be drawn into the myths of technology, and be swayed by the negative hyperbole of the media. His stirring keynote reminded us that there is a lot to be gained from the connections social media enables us to create; both from a learning and a personal point of view. He presented strong challenges to the myths of technology; that it automatically ensures engagement and that connecting with strangers online is inherently dangerous He also argued against the common beliefs that technology will make us narcissistic, replace face to face interaction and dehumanise us, while also making us dumb! You can read more about each of these on George’s blog, where he addresses each of these myths. […]

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