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I agree, above, with Jay.

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I agree, above, with Jay. Educational technology is a tool for teachers - an incredibly useful tool, if the teacher knows how to effectively use it to their students' advantage, but it by no means makes teaching itself easier.

With technological tools, however, I think that students become a bit more independent from their classroom setting. They have the ability to explore further into subjects with little to no problem, and they are also supplied with games, puzzles, activities that are available via educational technology that aren't present otherwise. It is an interactive way of learning rather than a more passive activity.

This blog by the iPad App bContext is a wonderful article about inovative ways to use tech in classrooms: http://bcontext.com/blog/index.php/new-ways-to-use-ipads-in-the-classroom/

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It seems to me that technology is being used more and more to deliver differentiated and effective instruction at all grade levels in all kinds of K-12 schools. I agree with Mary Beth's point that teachers need training in using technology, preferably at the undergraduate level.
Our local university, West Liberty University, addresses Mary Beth's concerns by offering an M.A. with an emphasis in technology integration. http://westliberty.edu/ma-education/tracks/

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

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I am sorry that you took this piece as a "Pollyanna" attitude toward technology. Anyone who knows me know that my philosophy about technology is to only use it when it adds to the learning experience. I teach in a computer lab and there are many days we don't even use the computers at all.

I agree that we need to have open, honest conversations about these issues.

As for knowing more than our students, we probably do know more about James Joyce and calculus than our students, but what about the myriad of new developments, writings, inventions and innovations that happen daily because of new technologies? These represent the world in which our students live and they are nearly impossible to keep up with.

Don't get me wrong, I still believe that teaching classic literature and mathematical concepts have their place. But the world is changing, and what we teach needs to as well.

Thank you for your honesty and frankness. I hope that educators will continue to ask these important questions.

Editor, Writer, Teacher

"Today's educator can no

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"Today's educator can no longer expect to know more than his or her students" Nonsense. Access to Google is not the same thing as learning and knowing. We can expect to know more than our students about calculus, James Joyce, how to write, and just about everything else we teach Most of the time. I a so tired of this Pollyanna attitude towards technology. It's time for honest conversations about how technology impacts learning, the classroom environment and the teaching profession in both positive and negative ways.

How technology is used in the

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How technology is used in the classroom depends on what is available in the schools, the proper training for implementing it, and the districts' requirements. Having adequate resources plays a major role in what a district has and requires. Ultimately, it is the teachers' responsibility of how extensively they allow students to utilize the various technologies.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Jay

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I think you hit on something when you said, "technology does not make teaching (or life) easier as much as it raises standards and extends one's capabilities." Perhaps what we are describing as 'easier,' we should be called 'better' or 'enhanced.'

Art Educator, Professional Artist, Wisconsin Born and Bread

Art Educator

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Here is a BRAND NEW VIDEO I have put together for a conference I will be Skyping into on Friday. The video is for future use about how I use 21st Century Technology effectively to Interact with Students, Parents, and the World. There is a lot to say about how we use technology and how it can be used just as bells and whistles OR how it can be used to really move the Master Learners forward. Enjoy. I am ALWAYS looking for feedback. http://youtu.be/pPzO0WMPOCg

Teacher Educator, Rhode Island

Technology should enrich f2f teaching...

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A teacher's job is not and never has been to "deliver content." Whatever methods they choose to use, effective teachers have always facilitated their students' understanding and personal growth. With a diverse group of students, this is very difficult.

Glowing accounts of recent edu-fads such as "blended" learning that replaces a significant portion of f2f instruction time with interaction with a computer, "flipped" classrooms that call for students to learn by watching videos at home, and massively online college courses ("MOOCs") where tens of thousands of students (really) watch lectures and complete silly quizzes, reinforce this misunderstanding.

Using technology effectively with students does require teachers to learn about the strengths and limitations a complex pedagogical tool. Technology does not make teaching (or life) easier as much as it raises standards and extends one's capabilities.

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