Between software on student machines and everything the web has to offer, there are limitless possibilities for using the latest learning tools to enhance the learner experience. Great isn’t it? Well, yes. And no.Infinite possibilities can also lead to lack of focus in the extremely excited and be overwhelming to not so tech savvy.
Just as the nature of research today requires new strategies to teach students how to search the web using focused methodologies, professional development concerning technology needs to train teachers to concentrate their tool choices around central goals. It would be prudent to encourage teachers to focus on one or two year-long goals (such as sometimes utilizing flipped instruction or incorporating more sensory engagement into lessons) and allow the goals to drive tool choices and practices.
It is widely understood that this is a solid approach to integration but the reminders and guidance are important so that the not so tech savvy who are making strides don’t feel as they are not doing enough and the over-eager do not get lost in the excitement of new tools and lose focus.