Today I read this, written by Nathan Smith, Director of Technology at the College of Education & Human Services of Utah State University.
“…Connecting with our students in meaningful, positive ways – making each of them feel wanted, important, safe, valued, and needed – is to me the real “art” of teaching. I call this aspect of teaching “the human touch.” Technology used in education needs to enhance the human touch…”
What Nathan calls the human touch, I refer to as relationship. I just love how he put it. It is so simple, so true. If we use technology (and really, that phrase ‘use technology’ is so contrived and artificial) to help our students succeed in ways that make sense for them and what they are learning then we are living and practicing in the realm of human touch. That will forever be my goal.