Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tech Alone is NOT Enough

Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

Students in a classroom at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Del., listen to a social studies lecture from their teacher.
Students in a classroom at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Del., listen to a social studies lecture from their teacher.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Student-centered, technology-driven instruction remains elusive for most

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Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content. And nearly three-fourths of high school students now say they regularly use a smartphone or tablet in the classroom.
But a mountain of evidence indicates that teachers have been painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite that massive influx of new technology into their classrooms. The student-centered, hands-on, personalized instruction envisioned by ed-tech proponents remains the exception to the rule.


"The introduction of computers into schools was supposed to improve academic achievement and alter how teachers taught," said Stanford University education professor Larry Cuban. "Neither has occurred."

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