Technology’s role in today’s classroom, then, isn’t to motivate. It’s to give students opportunities to efficiently and effectively participate in motivating activities built around the individuals and ideas that matter to them.
This passage is in a post by Bill Ferriter on Larry Cuban’s blog. In the post it is from, the contention is made that technology itself does not motivate students, rather it is the opportunities it can help facilitate to engage students socially in things they are interested in. So start with the kids and the ideas, then look at which digital technologies can help support the learning.
(Original post: Are Kids Really Motivated by Technology? (Bill Ferriter) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice)