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ISTE Discussion: Is Ed Tech A Help Or Hindrance?

by Mary Jo Madda


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How Do We Know When Technology Helps—or Hurts—the Classroom? Educators at ISTE Weigh In

Educators frequently agree that it’s challenging to draw a direct correlation between technology and student success. On the other hand, many feel that the most useful indications they have aren’t data but instead their own observations about how students are reacting to the technology.

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Technology: Is It A Help or a Hindrance?

Technology is ubiquitous in, and outside of, the classroom these days, but is technology serving to improve educational outcomes? That’s a question that was debated at ISTE this year, with both educators and administrators weighing in. Is technology a help or a hindrance in the classroom?

The answer may be a little of both. While technology can certainly provide benefits in terms of access to information and increased efficiencies, it can also represent a distraction and create inefficiencies. Technology, itself, is not the problem of course—it’s how technology is being chosen and applied. The keys to success according to ISTE president Brian Lewis: creating a plan tied to curricular objectives, providing teachers with relevant PD and choosing the right technology. Lenovo’s Sam Morris provided some additional insights into how technology can be effectively used in the classroom in a recent article.