An experienced and wise colleague in the district passed around this link. Throughout the debates last fall, this teacher’s vision for teaching pierced through the rhetoric and gazed into the essence of teaching. This article asks questions, it doesn’t answer any. Its purpose is to be a caution light at the intersection of traditional and digital classrooms. The concern on everyone’s mind is clearly asked in the article:
“The question is are teachers going to be integrating them into what they’re already doing ideally in ways that are creating more effective interactions rather than substituting for them?”’
The article is well written. It doesn’t run through the red-light with predictions of doom and despair, yet if read wisely, it slows us down so we don’t make a wrong turn.
The article confirms my core beliefs regarding public education – technology or polices won’t ultimately answer the question of teacher quality – the character of the teacher will. A textbook in the hands of an effective teacher is effective. Technology in the hands of an effective teachers is also very effective.