Technology Is Only Part of the Picture

TCEA has been supporting the use of technology in education for almost 40 years now. As we get ready to celebrate that anniversary, we’ve spent time looking at the realm of classroom ed tech and how far it’s come. We know that the real power of any technology relies upon how it’s used. So how well is ed tech being implemented?

To our dismay, we found that we haven’t made the progress we had hoped for. Yes, there are pockets of excellence where the technology truly enhances student achievement. But in most cases, there has been little change in daily teaching and learning. Looking critically at today’s ed tech landscape can not only reveal flaws in current practice, but potentially inform better uses and better technologies in the future. After all, technology is only part of the picture. The other part depends on how we understand and shape our teaching. Tech moves fast, and our learning strategies should not only keep up, but drive the conversation around ed tech.

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