Shaping Tech for the Classroom
21st-century schools need 21st-century technology. Credit: Bill Duke The biggest question about technology and schools in the 21st century is not so much "What can it do?" First, it helps to look at the typical process of technology adoption (keeping in mind, of course, that schools are not typical of anything.) Dabbling.Doing old things in old ways.Doing old things in new ways.Doing new things in new ways. Until recently, we have mostly been dabbling with technology in our schools: A few Apples here. Old Things in Old Ways When a new technology appears, our first instinct is always to continue doing things within the technology the way we've always done it. That is almost exclusively what we now do with educational technology. People certainly are putting courses, curricula, and lesson plans online. But new technology still faces a great deal of resistance. Old Things in New Ways Two big factors stand in the way of our making more and faster progress in technology adoption in our schools.