Why do EdTech People React Strongly to Skepticism?http://www.learningspy.co.uk/technology/why-do-edtech-folk-hate-to-be-questioned/
This is an interesting blog article that hits home with me personally. I tend to react to criticism fairly. when I agree with the criticism being made. However, in the EdTech field, I do tend to react strongly against those who are skeptics.
I agree that technology is not "THE" answer that solves all of the problems in Education, in fact it creates a huge issue with money, since most technology is not inexpensive. Technology does have the potential to create richer and deeper learning experiences across a vast array of ability levels and personalities. To make technology work, it takes a great teacher to utilize technology in effective and appropriate ways.
For those that say "Technology" is fine for others, but it has no place in "my" classroom, I respectfully disagree. One of my favorite definitions of technology is any device designed to enhance human performance. Therefore, Education Technology will enhance learning and pedagogy practices that are already in place in the classroom.
This author points out how his skepticism of ed-tech has been met with some fiery backlash from some ed-tech professionals. I agree with the points the author makes about how to be careful of who is funding the believes of these "certified" professionals. Of course, an Apple certified technology coach will prefer Apple technology over others. I am Google Certified because Google's apps work on almost everyone's devices, are inexpensive, and create rich learning experiences if used properly. However, I do use tools beyond a single brand.
The Tool Does not Matter AnymoreIt all comes down to a basic fact. The tool has little to do with how a student is learning. Apple, Microsoft, Android, Google... it does not matter which tool you use. What matters is how the tool can be used in your classroom to benefit the learning process of your students. When it comes down to it, there is almost no difference in which device you use. Most devices now, can do almost all of the same things.
As a Teacher
I can enter my LMS (such as Google Classroom) on my iPad, grade papers on my MacBook, enter grades on my Windows PC, and post grades online from my Chromebook, and take attendance on my Phone. You can swap these devices around and they all still work for each.
As a Student
I can enter my LMS (such as Google Classroom) on my iPad, submit assignments on my MacBook, research on my Windows PC, and view grades online from my Chromebook, and collaborate/chat/video chat/email on my Phone. You can swap these devices around and they all still work for each.