If you’ve been paying attention to education news lately, you’ve probably noticed that the conversation around technology in the classroom is shifting. When edtech first burst onto the scene almost three decades ago, access to more technology – devices, broadband – was everything. Educators, policymakers and parents all wanted to know how to get as many devices into the hands of students as soon as possible. How students leveraged technology to support learning would not become a primary focus for many years to come.
Today, edtech success is measured with a different yardstick. The parents, teachers, and other mentors who guide a child’s education – whom I like to refer to as “learning guardians” – aren’t merely satisfied with increasing the amount of tech in the classroom. What’s more important now is that the technology in our schools and homes is positively impacting student learning through engagement, personalized lessons and effective curriculum. Building competence in academics and skills while building confidence in learning has finally come into full focus.
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Educators agree that no two students learn the same way. If that’s true, then we must design our education technology to help teachers adjust material to the style and pace of each student.