Technology in 10 quotations

Back in 1977, when I started at University, I started to collect quotations, something which I done ever since. I've picked them up from wherever I found them, originally books and records, TV programmes and the radio, latterly from the Internet, particularly blogs and, sometimes, from things my teachers said to me.

The human brain has a limited capacity to retain information and it's impossible to absorb everything: it was impossible when I used to sit through hour-long lectures and is impossible (more so, perhaps) today when the Internet brings us so much new information every hour of the day.

Technology is very much a question of learning by doing, but in my experience it's also been a question of what I call learning by soundbite: picking up and isolating those things which seem in some way significant and which help make sense of the otherwise overwhelming amount of information coming at us.

At the IH Barcelona ELT Conference tomorrow, I'm giving a talk entitled Technology in 10 quotations in which I'll be picking out some of the quotations from a variety of sources that have guided how I've been using technology in the last 15 or so years.

Over the next week or so, I'll be posting the quotations here, along with the tasks that I'll be illustrating the quotations with.

Introduction | One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten

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  1. I;m looking forward to reading your selections. I began collecting quotations in 1982. Today, I have about 24,000 of them in my database, and I add to it every day. I also collect published volumes of quotations, and now own 476 of them, many published in the 19th century. Overall, they encompass about 1.7 million quotations. For years, my goal has been to get them all in a database, but I've found the technological challenge overwhelming.

    Please let me know if I can ever be of help to you in finding just the right quote you need.

  2. 24,000?! That's quite a lot more than I've got, Bob :-)!

    The "right" quotation I always think is one that actually teaches you something. In my presentation, I tried to include ones that had helped me make sense of such a huge subject: not so much technology itself, perhaps, as how it should be used in a classroom.

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