How to dispute one-to-one, mobile learning criticisms

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
March 24th, 2014

Ed-tech leaders discuss how to address critics of one-to-one initiatives 

one-to-one-criticsEd-tech initiatives will always have critics. But administrators can take action and leverage resources to ensure that their one-to-one and mobile learning initiatives are implemented carefully and successfully.

A panel of four ed-tech experts discussed how recent criticisms have questioned the effectiveness of one-to-one initiatives after several initiatives encountered much-publicized bumps in the road.

But these initiatives, when implemented properly, are tools that help districts transform teaching and learning into impactful models that give students skills they’ll need in the future, such as problem solving, critical thinking, the ability to locate and evaluate information, and more.

(Next page: One-to-one advice from four ed-tech leaders)

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2 Responses to “How to dispute one-to-one, mobile learning criticisms”

March 24, 2014

Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise. “You definitely don’t want to promise test increases,” she said. “Tests aren’t measuring what we’re trying to teach our kids.”
We (teachers) are being pressured to increase learning (test scores) at the threat of our careers. We are being pushed into using technology as the answer to all our problems and yet Ms Cator seems to be saying the added use of technology is not going to improve test scores. Anyone see why all these people from outside of education, who are not educators, are driving teachers crazy??

    Laura Devaney
    March 24, 2014

    Thank you for your comment! The panelists all agreed that using test score increases as a first-year measure of a technology program’s success is not a wise promise to make. They also agreed that the skills today’s students will develop using technology tools (i.e., critical thinking, how to evaluate information, etc.) are not really measured by most tests students are required to take today. The technology, used as a tool to help students develop skills, is preparing students for careers that are, in some cases, not yet defined.