There are many tools in a teacher’s tool kit, and technology may be one of the most indispensable as well as one of the most problematic. During the last few months alone, the educational market has become saturated with online resources, e-readers, apps, and interactive whiteboards. This shift toward electronic learning has left many parents, teachers, and administrators scratching their heads. In some cases, the conversation has gotten quite polarized. Just yesterday I found the following two messages right next to each other on Twitter’s #edchat:
“Looking for easy to use tech tools for teachers who may or may not have ever embraced technology before. Suggestions?”
"If you can read this, thank a teacher... not a LAPTOP!"
The first message came from an inquisitive teacher hoping to successfully fold technological tools into his curriculum. The second came from a passionate teacher who didn’t want fellow educators to forget the all-important human element amid all the e-learning. Both, I think, are very much aware of technology’s changing role in education.