In 2008, I read Clayton Christensen’s Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. It inspired me to think about changes in education that would benefit students by transforming teaching and learning and I was excited about the possibilities. Technology advancements promised to make a great impact to initiate change in the classroom, but now we are faced with a newer set of obstacles.

Eleven years later, as I walk through the halls in a middle school/high school setting, I see students sitting on a tile floor crowded around a device trying to type, communicate,...

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  • About the Author:

    Dianne Pappafotopoulos is a certified instructional technology specialist and teacher at Dover Sherborn (MA) Public Schools, where she teaches technology/programming courses and assists faculty and staff to integrate technology into the K-12 curriculum. With a masters in education and a combination of teaching, business, and technology experience, Pappafotopoulos is well-versed in the types of resources and pedagogy that work well in the classroom to engage students and enable teachers to feel confident with technology-rich lessons.