On Thursday I had the chance to attend an EdTech meeting with a number of teachers, vendors, and tech directors from around the region. While it was great to meet up with others interested in using technology in education, I left with one major question: why?
Don't get me wrong, I'm fully in support of using technology in all aspects of teaching, but what I saw at the conference was a lack of vision. Why bother using laptops to take notes instead of paper? Just because it's faster? Why bother using Google instead of books to look up information? How does it change the overall equation?
What I think many people miss is that technology is irrelevant without changing the paradigms by which we teach altogether. Under the current model, all technology will do is increase speed without actually helping students think at higher levels or create more valuable projects.
My question then is how? How should the paradigm be changed? I have some ideas, sure, but what else is out there? What do students prefer? What are other teachers doing? These are the questions that need answered rather than "how can we get more iPads"? This is what just might make a difference.