10 Truths About Educational Technology
I am one of the many educators fortunate enough to work in the space of educational technology. It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been doing it for a decade; time truly passes in a flash when you’re engaged in something you enjoy so much. To celebrate this personal milestone, I’m offering up 10 experienced-based truisms that have become the guiding principles for me in this business.
1. The learning objective comes first.
Start by understanding the abilities, preferences, and passions of the kids in the classroom, then choose the right technology to go along with that.
2. No technology is perfect.
What works for one classroom might be unsuccessful, unused, and unwanted next door.
No technology is perfect. What works for one classroom might be unsuccessful, unused, and unwanted next door.
3. Digital natives? Sort of.
Kids are generally very fast tech learners, indeed, but they don’t come to your room knowing as much as some would assert.
4. Make do.
Think big, but be realistic about what resources you have. Get creative and make the most of it. You’ll be surprised at how much you can do with very little.
5. You’ve got to know it to believe in it.
Teachers who routinely use tech—in the classroom and in their personal lives—know it’s important and beneficial for their students. Those who don’t won’t.
6. Leaders have followers.
When the principal uses technology, the teachers will. Simple.
7. Filtering: Not so fast.
Blocking is easy but can lead to missed opportunities. Take some time to explore sites and evaluate their possibilities, then make informed decisions.
8. Technology might not be the best tool for the job.
There are times when learning succeeds best without technology. Shut it off.
9. Teaching and learning aren’t the same.
The technologies for each are often very different. Keep this in mind when setting priorities.
10. Aim high.
Technology can and should let students do things they cannot otherwise do, or do as well. Kick up the expectations.
Randy Rodgers is the director of digital learning services at the Seguin Independent School District in Texas. He writes about ed tech on his blog, The Moss-Free Stone.
This article is commissioned by Amplify Education Inc. The views expressed are the author’s own, and do not represent those of Amplify Education Inc.