Re: beneficial technology
<The effort also aims to help teachers use technology in ways that actually support students rather than merely ticking off a "use technology" check-box.> If they can accomplish that, well, they'd be doing a lot more than what I've seen schools do so far. They all get smartboards now because there is government money specifically earmarked for that kind of technology. They also used to get software from Adobe that was purchased with grants (now that it's on subscription models, I'm not sure they still do). But very little real use was made of these things. Teachers keener on tech used the smartboards, but most of them used them the same way teachers of the last generation used the low-tech projectors. As for laptops for students, they do often pose a distraction. That's why one of my daughter's college professors has an absolute rule of no devices in his class. I respect him for it because I know, having taught myself, that students are very distractable. Also he holds himself to the same, and I can't abide teachers who check their phones while teaching -- very unprofessional.