Pop Quiz: Minimum Technology
If I do not have a mediated classroom with at least a computer in it that is capable of projecting information and pictures on a screen my astronomy lectures are broken. I need the ability to show pictures. I have colleagues who still use slide projectors to show examples of celestial objects but they are generally showing the same stuff they projected for a class in the 90’s. The field of astronomy has blossomed a great deal (and still is) since those times so in my opinion the use of a computer is very much required.
Scarily, I took general astronomy during a time when most of the lecture was done at a chalkboard and very few pictures were shown. The person I took my general astronomy class from still teaches and still just uses the same technique as when I took the class. I am not sure how he manages. I can manage with just a chalkboard and some demos when I teach physics but how many pictures do you need of spheres and Newton?
What is the minimum amount of technology you need in your classroom to have an effective lecture or an effective lesson?
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