When educators say, “technology should be transparent” – what does this mean?
I fear that it means that:
a) We believe that people are so scared of it that they need to be fooled. So if we downplay the technology, perhaps they won’t notice and will eventually come to accept it. Sort of like hiding spinach in the chocolate chip cookies.
b) The use of technology just supports the existing paradigm, so of course it’s transparent. It simply makes it easier to follow the same comfortable path.
I know that many people actually advocate hiding spinach in cookies, but I believe that ultimately, deception comes back to haunt you.
What if the technology is so transformative that it can’t be ignored? What if the learning experience could not be achieved without the use of technology? Isn’t that the ultimate goal?