Dear Technology Integrator:
Most modern teachers already use digital technology – yes, even the most technophobic ones:
- They email
- They surf the web for resources
- They use text messenging
- They create worksheets on a word processor
- They create spreadsheets for marks
- They’re probably on FaceBook
The problem is that they refuse to let their students do the same thing in the classroom. Students in these classrooms use paper copies and produce paper-based work and assessments.
All the tech revolution in education is after is to allow students to use these same technologies in their learning. It isn’t about apps. It isn’t about tablets. It is about online research, using social media for learning and to generate engagement, using digital tools to prove their mastery and communicating with one another and the teacher.
That’s it really. Any teacher can become a techy teacher overnight simply by allowing their students to use the same technology in the classroom as the teacher does in private. All the rest follows.
That’s the logic of it. I’ll leave the spin up to you.