Viewpoint: Moving beyond technology initiatives

When applied in a thoughtful manner, technology empowers teachers to scale and implement the best educational practices.

Walking the show floor in San Antonio at the recent International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, it was hard not to be impressed by the broad array of educational technologies on display. Row upon row of gleaming tablets, 3D printers, and interactive tables, to name but a few of the products available, vied for our attention.

Likewise, reports on the latest technology initiatives, and related strategies to implement those initiatives, helped fuel the buzz surrounding this year’s conference. To anyone committed to empowering teachers with technology to support student achievement, ISTE 2013 should go down as a watershed moment. It is clear like never before that we have the right ed-tech tools to create the digital learning environments today’s students need and deserve. ISTE CEO Brian Lewis and the entire ISTE team deserve our praise and thanks for their efforts to showcase the very best in educational technologies and ed-tech thought leadership.

Now, it is our challenge to turn these technology initiatives into learning initiatives.

(Next page: How does the transformation begin?)

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