Unfocused Learning

The manager was proudly showing off his new IT classroom.

“Where is the projector?” I asked.

“Oh, we don’t need a projector. The instructor can just take over everybody’s screens.”

I have been teaching in environments like this, and it does not work well. When I have a piece of information or a computer screen projected in large format in front of everybody, the class has a common focus on the task. If I am pointing with my mouse and each participant is looking at his own screen, focus is greatly reduced.

I guess the manager has never given a class himself. If he had, he would have known that a class needs a common focus point. Don’t implement technology simply because you can.