Technology is not the answer to our problems. It doesn't raise test scores, it doesn't make students smarter, and it doesn't guarantee success for low-performing or at risk students. Students, families, teachers, administrators, school districts, and the community work together to raise test scores with great teaching, support, encouragement, high expectations, and reflective thinking. Technology is one of the tools people use.
"21st Century Learning" is less about the stuff in your classroom and more about the way you use it. A classroom with a SmartBoard, document camera, AV equipment, and a device in every student's hands may look like something from the 21st century, but unless teachers are trained to use that equipment to fundamentally change how they teach, the equipment is just a novelty.
It's time to stop getting excited about the new equipment, website, app, or gadget and return to excitement about the learning such things can bring.
Schools should be careful, responsible, and deliberate when planning for any technology program implementation. Without the input and buy-in of various stakeholders, it is impossible to consider all the ramifications of a technology plan.
A device in every student's hands is the next plateau in technology education. Every student should have a device that he or she can use to research, discover, create, collect, collaborate, and share for authentic and full technology integration to occur.
Integrating information and technology is about recognizing where information skills and technology use fit into the core curriculum, not inserting them into it. Information and Technology is not an add-on or supplement, it is embedded in all learning.
All students are digital learners.