Any time a school proclaims that one of its new initiatives for the year includes some technological overhaul (“Smart boards in every classroom!”; “All students will have their own personal devices this year!”), my antennae go up and my skepticism sets in.
Twenty years ago, it was innovative and useful that every elementary school included a class on computers in its curriculum. Students learned Microsoft PowerPoint and how to create a pie chart on Microsoft Excel. As technology evolved, the educational system responded to a real and urgent need to adapt and integrate technology into students’ learning. But the rapid change within the technological world has outpaced our schools, and not every approach reflects best practices for our children. Here are some questions to consider when evaluating the educational approach to technology at your child’s school.