Technology is expanding faster than our society’s evolution. Much of these new technologies have consumers spinning and craving the next trend or fad and it makes it even hard to for educators to decide what is needed in the classroom. Before we can even entertain bringing technology into the classroom, we have to have more than just knowledge of digital technology, we have to understand the foundations and platforms for which it is built.

Philosophy not Technology

“It is philosophy not technology that should make the difference in the classroom?”  ~Dr. Allen Glenn

In the Technology Toolkit course, practical tips were advised in regards to introducing computers (Mac/iPads) to the classroom. As reviewed in the comments, many teachers requested learning more about Microsoft PC’s, while others recommended the use Chromebooks. All of which have their pros and cons but at the heart of this course is understanding not just how technology works and which one to use, but what is its place in the classroom? Which technology is right for my curriculum and how should we use it.

Some may approach technology as an all or nothing event, yet careful consideration needs to be taken when introducing it not just into the classroom, but into our lives.  We need to look beyond the curriculum, beyond our subject matter and understand the student body. We need to understand their socio-economic status, their overall digital literacy and their abilities. Some classes may be ready for technology in the classroom and others may need the slow approach.