I wonder if the technologies in my classroom offer an HDMI cord. This way, I could use my phone to project some images on the whiteboard quickly, rather than have to email myself jpgs, access the internet on the classroom computer, sign into my email account, download the pictures, etc. –my usual methodology. Following that thought, popped up a new thought, perhaps there is a difference from using a personal technology device rather than a school owned device to teach. I see that I am beginning to regard the mobile devices I own as personal extensions of myself rather than as useful tools.
In an educational setting, utilizing one’s own device could produce expected and potential problems: personal anecdotes made throughout lessons could be more easily accompanied by visual aids. Providing a personal anecdote throughout a lecture for the purpose of example or comparison is more likely to captivate students– think of JFK speeches. Every once in a while, I mention my dog to explain a metaphor. A student will inquire, “What type of dog is it?” Immediately, my instinct is rummage through my briefcase or dig into my pocket and bring up a photo on my phone to show the room.
It has become a fact that my personal mobile devices and/or my use of technology in the classroom serves me as well as my vocal cords do. I lecture and explain things regularly, and (as you may know), in writing, one must show not tell for more effective reader engagement. My loyalty to this writing strategy has grown into my communication strategy. Do I now tend to show and not tell everything? As I tell anyone about my dog, I want to show her to them. She’s a striking, enchanting animal, more charismatic than most humans. Her appeal can not be depicted precisely. The most accurate way to describe her–without the use of an image– is with metaphors. She is Rita Hayworth and a panda bear.
One can try to imagine a creature composed of Rita Hayworth and a panda bear. It sounds phenomenal like the moon. It is at this point where an image adds merit to any depiction.