No matter how you spin it, digital tools and technology won’t do a thing for students unless a highly-qualified teacher is at the helm.
Yes, educational technology has the potential to boost student achievement and engagement–but not on its own. Add an effective teacher to the mix, and you’ve got an education expert who can incorporate technologies into teaching and learning in seamless ways.
Keep in mind, however, that teachers deal with much, much more than teaching and the instructional challenges that come with it. They teach in schools that are short-staffed, they comfort children with emotional challenges, they use their own money to fund much of, if not most of, their classroom expenses.
It’s important to be cognizant of these challenges as we cast a critical eye on school initiatives and make plans to incorporate technology into the classroom, because some of these barriers will persist.