Technology has been sold to us in all markets as a solution to all our problems. It will do this faster, it will make that easier, but when it comes to EdTech, it is not the magic cure. There are some misconceptions about what technology can do in the classroom. In this blog, I hope to demystify some of the more common EdTech “solutions.”
Tech leads to success
Yes, tech can lead to success. The thing to be careful of is how they are being successful and what we are rating that on. You can look at all the data in different ways and see different levels of “success.” The best use of technology to generate real success when higher-level thinking is involved. Creating and collaborating both use higher-level thinking and can be quantified into success. We need to be careful that we are measure success the right way and not just equating it to tasks being completed.
Technology takes away from traditional learning
This only happens in the cases that technology is used incorrectly. If students are given any assignment, (technology driven or not) with little instruction or thought, then it takes away from learning. We as educators need to recognize that technology, when used effectively, opens many more doors than it closes. It should be used to enhance traditional learning. We can teach a traditional lesson on different cultures, but then use technology to experience and interact with different cultures first hand.
Cool tech is the best tech
This is most certainly not always the case. Just because a student may think it is cool does not mean it’s being used effectively. On the other hand, a teacher may think their students will be engaged with a certain technology and it has the complete opposite effect. There is always some trial and error to new tech in the classroom, but we need to constantly remind ourselves that we do not use technology for the sake of using it. For it to work, we need to realize it’s potential to add value to an already engaging lesson.
If the intention is good the lesson will be good
This is also not true. No teacher goes into a lesson, tech related or not, with the intention of it being a bad lesson. No matter how good your intentions are, some things will just not work. There are a ton of factors that go into that, but technology is not the solution for it. Like traditional lessons, they may go over really well or completely tank. We need to evaluate what works and what doesn’t work in order to make the technology work with the lesson.
Technology has opened many doors for our students and will continue to do so. We need to continue to evolve, learn, and adapt to provide our students with the best education they can get. If we continue to be critical of technologies use in the classroom and how we can use it to the best of our ability, technology will bring our students into the future and ready to take on anything.