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and technology have been intertwined since the thumb and forefinger
found one another. Early in our prehistory, humans found ways not
only to create tools, but to represent their world, their issues
and their beliefs using available technological artifacts. Charcoal,
animal blood, plant dyes and mineral pigments became important means
for expressing ideas, explaining events and augmenting limited vocabularies.
In addition to artistic displays on cave walls, early humans adopted
music, dance and costumes to increase the immediacy and realism
of what they were sharing. They employed these means to heighten
excitement and even manipulate emotions of joy, sorrow, anger or
fear. The costumes, simulations of weapons, organization of space
and inclusion of natural elements such as smoke, fire and mood enhancing
chemicals (for example, peyote, hemp, mushrooms and alcohol) all
contributed to increase the impact of their messages.
Hence, it is not a giant leap from these early uses of media and
technology to those of today - photographs, films, television, computers,
3-D and virtual reality - to enrich communications and, of course,
learning. Technology, throughout human history, has played a dual
role of both fascination and support. It has helped enhance our
lives in almost every sphere: health, food, transportation and shelter.
It has also displayed a much darker side of dispensing pollution
We professionals in workplace learning turn to technology to help
make the acquisition of desired skills and knowledge more efficient,
more accessible and certainly more impactful. So long as we use
it wisely, technology can be a productive partner in our quests.
However, let us never forget that technology can be a seductive
force of destruction. Let us continue our history of using technology
to make learning meaningful, engaging and effective. Let us also
be on guard against overdependence on technology that, if left unchecked,
has the potential to overwhelm - even crush - that which we value.
All the best,
Harold & Erica
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