Education reformers love education
technology. This has been true for a long time. The radio, the TV, the desktop computer:
each was going to revolutionize schooling. Guess what: They didn’t.
Technology is a powerful tool, and like any tool what matters is how we use it.
We have to use it right and that means understanding why it matters. Technology
is great at offering access. For kids in rural schools, who don’t have access to
advanced placement classes, online delivery of courses can make all the
difference. Technology is great at supporting personalization. For teachers
with 25 kids, it can be hard to tend to the needs of each and every one.
Computerized assessments can make a huge difference. But iPads aren’t going to
eliminate the need for teachers. Kids need role models, mentors, and a kick in
the pants. Technology can’t do any of that. But technology can make a huge
difference. It can help teachers do their job better, and it can support kids as
they learn. And honestly, that’s more than enough. To learn more about my take on
education technology, check the links in the description below. Also, let us know
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