Panel: Evolving technology has great classroom potential

“It’s not about replacing educators, but helping them become better and giving them better tools,” he said. “Why not give students the ability to have information that is going to be updated and immediate?”

Instant access to information is key in K-12 and higher education, agreed Sebastian Distefano, an education solution consultant with Adobe Systems.

“College students are the first truly platform-agnostic demographic,” Distefano said. “They’re the most connected with multiple electronic devices.”

And the emergence of smartphones gives students a wide array of abilities without the need to even touch a computer, he added. Still, there is a disconnect between educators and the technology industry–adoption can take years, and there are many consumer-based trends that haven’t yet penetrated education.

“You can’t ban devices from the classroom,” Distefano said. “Technology should be more about learning than a technology initiative.”

The Schooldocs conference is a special strand of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Conference.

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