Introducing new educational technology tools cannot, and will not, solve problems in education on their own.
Why, with all of the technology available to educators, have students’ test scores remained stagnant since the 1970s?
Stop the “thousand dollar pencil plan”
The issues that existed in education 40+ years ago have not been properly addressed and are still present in education today. Introducing new educational technology tools cannot, and will not, solve these problems on their own – if we try to do old work with new tools, we will not see progress. Progress comes when we teach our students how to think strategically, instead of merely giving them new technology without concrete learning objectives. As educators, we need to think about how we can improve deeper learning first, before selecting the technology to help us achieve our goals. Simply purchasing “a thousand dollar pencil plan”, or a cartful of devices, does not immediately improve education. Direction is needed. It is only through establishing clear learning outcomes that technology can truly help learning.
We are inspired by all of the teachers who understand that students benefit from personalized, human relationships and technology should facilitate this, not hinder it. The best 1:1 device is a good teacher, and technology is merely a tool to connect teachers, students, and parents together. In the next 40 years, the mobile revolution will continue to push us to find better, faster ways to help these human connections – and we can’t wait to be part of that process.