Following up on the previous post about what matters, where does technology fit in? Schools are about people and learning, regardless of technology. That being said, obviously technology plays a huge role in where we are going, so how do we keep on the best path? Its very easy to get sucked in by technology that is cool, or a time-filler, but has no real value. So here are 2 easy, basic rules for harnessing the power of educational technology:
- Does the use of technology create new and/or unique learning experiences not possible without the technology?
- Does the use of technology exponentially increase the efficiency and/or value of a process that is possible without the technology?
If the answer to both is no, then its not worth devoting time to use the technology.
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