Educational Technology

Using new devices to get to new learning.

Technology available to schools, and applications for that technology to student learning are constantly changing. What is far more essential to schools than the hardware in the building are the ways available technologies are being used to to true learning for students. With the importance of technology to school and district goals and outcomes, it is essential to ensure that the use of technology is not ‘entertainment time’ but rather opportunities to expand skills and develop new learning using technology effectively. This ability of students to connect and engage with learning outcomes as opposed to rehearsal exercises and flashy games needs to be the crux of the conversation in educational technology. When we get to discussions about real and effective learning instead of simply ‘engagement,’ technology will begin to make more sense as effective tools to be highly valued in schools.

Shifts in Education

We live in a transitional age.  It is easy to see that new approaches are necessary to deal with the advent of new technologies, philosophies and policies.  For me, this change means that educators need to have a voice, to make their beliefs plainly known so the key facets of teaching and learning are included in the shifting structures of society and education.

How does an educator ensure that they are clear on their beliefs?  They read and analyze the current educational discussion; that includes being involved in school, district, online conversations, and educational theory.