I recently led a workshop at a recent Edifide Teachers convention on the topic of technology in the service of learning. One helpful distinction to remember is that although educational technology has a technical foundation, it has an educational destination. Technology needs oversight from domain experts and not just technology experts. Just as the design of medical systems needs oversight from doctors, and the design of accounting systems needs direction from accountants, so too, educational technology needs direction from educators. And educators need to discern the subtle changes that technology brings in to the classroom and to be skeptical of educational claims made by many technology vendors. Discerning technology begins with asking good questions.
I wrote about some of the questions educators might ask when discerning technology in education in this CC article titled “Technically Speaking with Edifide.” The article is available here: