When teachers don’t need technology

Instead of saying teachers should use technology just because, the message should be one of truly preparing students to think creatively

middle_school_education200x250Any number of articles, studies, and research topics will tell you that students need technology in the classroom. We live in the digital age, they are natives, and as educators we need to meet them where they are–on Instagram, on Twitter, and on the internet.

For this to happen, teachers must make room for technology in the classroom, through class websites, blogging opportunities, and allowing personal devices in the learning environment. Teaching methods need to adapt to this new era.

But, what if they don’t? What about teachers who post consistently high test scores, have seemingly engaged students, and enjoy great success in the classroom without technology? How is it possible to convince those educators that 20th century practices are out of place in the 21st century?

Old-school may not be entirely out of place, and it is important to remember that children are not guinea pigs. Education is slow to change for a reason; we use methods that are proven and time-tested, to ensure best educational practices. Cutting-edge in the private sector does not translate well into an educational setting, where drawbacks and missteps may not be evident for years to come.

That does not mean there is no room for new-school initiatives.

(Next page: Preparing students to think creatively and a video of technology’s role in the classroom.)

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