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Great Educators Make More Efficient Use of Technology

It’s no secret some schools nationwide might be scratching their heads when it comes to determining what technology is best for their students and how they can get their teachers on board and excited about new EdTech.

“Technology alone will not improve outcomes for our students,” said Chad A. Stevens, a K-12 education strategist for CDW-G and a former teacher, school administrator and district chief technology officer, according to According to Ed Tech Magazine.

“As I said in a previous ConnectIT post, without a great educator in the classroom, a PC is nothing more than an expensive paperweight. Technology is only one facet of the overall design of a sound educational program. Sound instructional design and leadership are also needed to drive this systemic change in our learning institutions.”

Stevens says that the technology is actually the easy part because they are all commodities that can be bought versus the instruction of proper use, which can only be taught. Finding a way to connect learning and technology is what matters the most. Most of the responsibility will fall on administrators and educators who are urged by Stevens to consider thoughtful planning when it comes to technological use in the classroom.

“Once these complexities are handled in a student-centered manner, differentiated training and professional development for teachers must be added to the plan. When all these elements come together, the students win,” said Stevens.

“Unfortunately, there is no quick fix. In most cases, it can take several years to get technology, people and processes correct. My hope is that if your school or district is embracing technology and its impact on students, you leave no stone unturned in your quest for your “why” and for improved student outcomes.”

How does your district handle the planning for use of technology in the classroom? Let us know in the comments below.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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