“Technology is a tool, like a hammer or a balance. It’s mere presence does nothing.”
I ran across this video on Justin Reich’s blog on Education Week and man was it right on.
We attend education technology conferences where we are bombarded with smart boards, audio-visual equipment, tablets, classroom management systems, all that promise to change the way we do things in the classroom and most of the technology we see will impact the classroom. The important thing to remember is that you need to use the right tool at the right time. I have teachers tell me all the time that they didn’t get a chance to use their smart board today or that they have never used their AppleTV. My response is simple and short, you will know when to use it. We do provide technology training and encourage our teachers to take advantage of the tools in their classrooms but I know that my teachers know their lessons and their classes and the time will come when one of these new technology tools will enhance the same lesson they taught last year without the tool. Forcing the technology will not enhance the classroom and could distract from the learning.
What technology tools do you have in your classroom? What technology tools do you believe would have the greatest impact in your classroom? Let me know in the comments below.