America is abuzz about education technology, TakePart.com reports. Teachers trade tips about new tools on social networks; the media frequently report on how schools are using it to improve learning outcomes; and just last week, educators, thought leaders and other innovators convened at SXSWedu to talk tech in education. From MOOCS and personalized learning to big data and BYOD, attention is on the next trend with the potential to “transform” education. However, that attention may be misplaced. To effect meaningful change, we must push past the hype and get back to basics: what are the real (not invented) needs and challenges of schools and how do we leverage modern technology to address them? When we consider this, sometimes the most impactful solutions are not radically new discoveries, but those that improve upon existing tools…

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