David and I have kept up a conversation about teaching, learning, and technology over the last several years. His teaching at App State, which started as traditional teaching, has migrated over the years to blended classes and now to mostly virtual instruction. Those transitions have forced David to think long and hard about the limitations and affordances of different ways of teaching. He's a great resource for us as we move into our Digital Learning Initiative at Trinity.
David's perspective is a balanced one, and Hess' blog entry has that same perspective. I like the way Hess takes measure of the possibilities and limitations of new technologies by looking at the history of the book in education. Check it out here.
Hess avoids both the Scylla of the digital sceptics and the Charybdis of the tech evangelists. His recommendation about what we should look for in our employment of these new technologies is spot on: