Just as the calculator replaced the slide rule and the computer replaced the typewriter technology will continue to change the educational landscape. Like it or not, technology is changing the way our students learn and in turn should be changing the way we teach. Our students learn differently than we did, so we should not be stifling their learning in an attempt to teach the way we were taught or taught to teach.
If you walk around any junior or senior high school you will see a staggering amount of iPhones, iPads and other new technology devices. But, when the students get back to class what do you see? Pencils, paper and books. Why the disconnect? How long do you think it will be before those students take out their technology when they leave that classroom? How many pieces of technology will they touch before sitting down to do homework that night? We should think about these questions when we wonder why students may not be performing at the level that we ask of them. If students want or need to be surrounded by their technology…and teachers want them to be focused on their schoolwork, why not try to incorporate them together to get what we all want, need and crave?
Whether or not educational technology is worth the hype will always be up for debate. Educational technology is not a matter of opinion, educators need to embrace the current trends or they will be constantly battling them.