Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Having or Using Technology, What Can We Learn?

Congratulation to Patrick Ledesma on an excellent Education Week blog post, Technology Integration Isn't About Technology

In my opinion, it is so easy to get caught up in the "tech stuff" that educators can forget to "keep it simple" and focus on using whatever technology is available.  
You have to read the whole article as Mr. Ledesma connects Apple's philosophy to teachers using technology with students.  The point of the article is that having the latest gadget or fastest computer isn't as important as using what you have enhance your life and the lives of your students.  I have worked in schools with incredible hardware, software, clickers, pads, and gadgets available to teachers and students that go unused and I have worked in schools where teachers get more out of one computer than you can imagine.  

Are you using the technology that is available to you?  Do you use technology to enhance the quality of your teaching and life?  What can you do to make it more about learning process?  Let's say YES to using and not just having!

If you agree or want to challenge the ideas presented here, you can comment here or comment on Mr. Ledesma's blog post on Ed Week Teacher. 

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