During the tech boom, I observed that students (despite being incessantly plugged-in!) did not question the potential or reliability of the digital tools they used. As a high school teacher, I saw this as frustrating and dangerous.
Twentieth century academia asked students to passively listen to, memorize, and regurgitate what their teachers said. Our 21st century reality requires students to independently question, interpret, and utilize information technology. This need is why I gravitated toward studying technology integration. Effective integration requires a pedagogical shift. Sprinkling a little computer use into an old lesson plan doesn’t suffice if the lesson structure remains teacher-centered. Edtech is less about the technology itself and more about its use and potential for involving students in the construction of their own learning. Teachers have a responsibility to arm students with knowledge of tools that will help them succeed. As such, I collaborate with educators to remove obstacles and leverage tech for classroom efficiency and effectiveness.
“The truth is that technology will never replace teachers; however, teachers who know how to use technology effectively to help their students connect and collaborate together online will replace those who do not.”
—Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, President of 21st Century Collaborative, Co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice