Using Ed Tech

This post, by Matt Harris, reflects something I have been telling my students: just throwing technology into a classroom – be it a Smartboard, iPads, or other device – will not improve achievement – it takes a skilled teacher to make that kind of change.

If you read the read the research or take a deep look at “failed” tech programs, you will find a common thread that putting a computer in a student’s hand does nothing to guarantee any learning. It will not, in isolation, give student any addition skills or knowledge by virtue of access to technology, digital resources, or the Internet. There is no PROMISE in Educational Technology.

Educational Technology – an add-on?

In a recent blog post, Larry Cuban sets out his interest in exploring examples of technology in action in real schools and with real teachers. Something I have been doing for a few years. In his post, he writes:

One that has bothered me for a long time is why “technology” in education is considered separate, an add-on, when that is not the case when observers look at technological tools applied to business, medicine, architecture, engineering and other professional work. For some reasons in these other domains high-tech tools are part-and-parcel of the daily work that professionals do in getting the job done well.

An interesting observation, and true to an extent. Why is ed tech often seen as an “add-on”? Should it be?