Let’s Stop Talking about Teaching with Technology, and Start Talking about Teaching

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Good teachers do more than just teach content. When people tell me that they are afraid that computers will eventually replace teachers, I laugh- because the only teacher that a computer could replace is the one who is simply marching students through hoops towards a standardized test.

Good teachers create authentic learning experiences for their students by building rich, performance-based assessments. Good teachers encourage students to solve problems and take an active role in their own learning. Good teachers teach skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and curiosity. Good teachers know how to create learner-driven environments where failure is considered learning and persistance is an expectation. Good teachers know how to inspire students and build a love for learning that can last a lifetime.

And good teachers don’t necessarily need to use technology to do that.

One thought on “Let’s Stop Talking about Teaching with Technology, and Start Talking about Teaching

  1. I love the ongoing dialogue about teaching, technology, and personalization. At a recent Google Hangout lead by @acrozier22, an administrator asked what personalization and technology looked like. The group had a good discussion but frankly struggled cite actual examples of personalized learning experiences where technology is effectively in use.
    In my judgment, before we talk about personalized learning experiences, we have to start with constructivist teaching methods. If we all agree that the best way kids learn, retain, and apply new knowledge is when they participate in experiences where they (in part) play a role in “constructing” the knowledge through a blend of rational and empirical experiences, only then can we successfully talk about leveraging technology to amplify that experience. From there, tech integration is the catalyst that generates unlimited opportunities for constructivist teaching.

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