Ubiquitous access to technology means that acquiring knowledge is no longer dependent solely on a classroom teacher. Google provides quick and easy access to information while YouTube provides on-demand how-to videos on just about any topic. Access to unlimited new information has created seemingly contradictory qualities in today’s students—more self-reliant and independent, but with a preference toward collaborative learning environments and comfortable learning with other students.

Consequently, students are not interested in sitting through lectures only to be required to regurgitate information back to the teacher on a test. Today’s students believe technology should be seamlessly connected to their academic experiences....

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  • About the Author:

    Samuel Mormando (@SamMormando) is the director of technology, innovation, and learning for the Garnet Valley School District in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, Garnet Valley has become recognized as a model for authentic and purposeful innovation focused on student achievement and student experiences. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in school leadership at Widener University.