Too often do we get dazzled by the shiny objects coming out of Cupertino, Mountain View, and the rest of the technology companies we’ve all come to know and love / hate. We get deluged with technology that we’re told is the most important thing to happen to education since chalk.
But it’s not about the technology. (And that’s coming from a guy who started an education technology website!)
We write just about every day about interesting bits of technology, tools, tips, and whatnot to offer resources to the world of education. Just because we write a post that offers a couple dozen apps to do XYZ doesn’t mean we think you should start using every single one of them (or even bother downloading them all.) Instead, we share resources so you, the reader, can have the options presented in a concise and simple manner before making a decision. You can decide to do whatever you want with what we present on Edudemic.
But that decision shouldn’t involve only you. In my experience of edtech integration, I’ve seen basically all technology decisions made by administrators and teachers. That’s not a bad thing. Both parties have the broadest knowledge of their community.
But the decision should be made by more than just the admins and teachers. It should be made by and for students. In my opinion (feel free to disagree) – students should always be front and center during all education technology integration. From deploying a 1:1 iPad classroom down to simply allowing BYOD, students should be consulted and considered as much as possible. After all, they’re the end user. You think Apple or Google hasn’t asked customers what they want? Think again.