Educators and technologists have been making the case for the transformative power of technology in teaching and learning for decades. However, despite the rhetoric and increasing efforts to integrate technology into the classroom, in many cases the results are insignificant and not yielding the return on education that districts are looking for. This is in part due to some teachers getting caught up in the latest edtech resources and failing to prioritize educational value above all else.
This session will explore the affordances of technology in teaching and learning as well as the importance of IT staff and educators being committed to understanding each other’s point of view. The mission of the school is more than simply running an email server or a data center. Although IT services are critical, the end goal is improving student outcomes. We owe it to our students to work toward this goal together and overcome the trap of putting the cart before the horse with education technology.
Presenter: Eric Patnoudes
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