Outside of the Classroom

Many schools wrestle with the idea of technology in the hands of each and every student. Leaders wonder if the results of implementing a 1:1 initiative or “BYOT” policy will result in learning gains that justify the cost of devices, training, or both.

Further, leadership continues to wonder which device or devices would be best to use, or what policies would need to be in place to ensure that students used the devices for intended academic purposes. What teacher training is needed, and how much time will it take? I even hear the question “What will the students use them/it for?”

While each of these questions has some merit, I am both disappointed and flummoxed, because these questions alone suggest that we have missed the most important point of technology integration in schools and the 1:1 movement. Because the most vital part of this movement has nothing to do with…

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