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ERIC Number: EJ1015321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Students First, Not Stuff
Richardson, Will
Educational Leadership, v70 n6 p10-14 Mar 2013
The author of this article writes about how this moment of technological explosion raises a host of important questions for education leaders that speak directly to the way people think about the potentials of technology in school.The author asserts that if technology is seen simply as additive, the questions will be about the technology: Should schools get iPads or laptops? Does every classroom need an interactive whiteboard? What apps are best to engage students? The author posits that, while these are important questions, the real issue is not about the layering expensive technology on top of the traditional curriculum. Instead, it is about addressing the new needs of modern learners in entirely new ways. Once teachers understand that it is about learning, the questions reframe themselves in terms of the ecological shifts that are necessary: What does it mean to be literate in a networked, connected world? What does it mean to be educated? What do students need to know and be able to do to be successful in their futures? Educators must lead inclusive conversations in their communities around such questions to better inform decisions about technology and change. To understand the implications fully, teachers need to start with the questions that focus on the students--and not just on the stuff.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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