The Low-Tech Classroom: Is Technology Hurting or Helping Education?


On Tuesday, January 9, 2019, Canterbury Christian School hosted a meet-up on the affect of technology in the classroom. I’ve posted the video recording of the event with my presentation and the roundtable discussion with parents and educators.

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Link to Video on Youtube:

The Slide Deck on Google Sheets

Local Press Coverage

The Los Altos Town Crier covered our emphasis on “low tech” classrooms in the January 9th edition of their newspaper. (Link)


“Canterbury follows a philosophy of learning that says students learn in three stages – the grammar stage, the logic stage and the rhetoric stage. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are in the grammar stage, according to Macias. He wants to provide them with the “blueprint for learning,” which means they focus on reading, writing and arithmetic. Repetition is key at Canterbury: Students repeat their times tables, phonemes and graphemes over and over until they are committed to memory.

Research shows that teaching students to read through phonics-based teaching works: In 2000, the National Reading Panel conducted a meta analysis of more than 100,000 peer-reviewed studies of literacy education and found that systematic and explicit phonics instruction helps kids learn to read.

“We’ve always been this way and we think it works, and our test scores show that,” Macias said.

Research on the use of technology in classrooms is fuzzier; “technology” is a broad word. There’s research that shows that certain digital educational games are effective, and certain ones aren’t. Taking notes by hand rather than on a computer makes material easier to remember, but that’s just one possible use of a computer.