Digital Promise is about spurring innovation in education says founding director Adam Frankel in a recent TEDTalk, and though a skeptic of technology he says, “technology can make a major difference.”
In the video Frankel reminds viewers that the “potential is actually not about the technology.” Instead, he says:
it’s about the learning environment that the technology enables;
it’s about being able to empower teachers, parents, students with real-time data, with real-time access to information… to help intervene before it’s too late for kids;
it has a way of transforming these classrooms so that [teachers] can personalize learning in a way that has never been possible before;
Frankel then asks viewers about how to scale this model of personalized learning and discusses three challenges – education technology research, the education technology market, and teacher professional development – to its expansion.
I encourage you to check out Frankel’s TEDTalk and reflect on what you are doing in your classroom to accelerate student learning and engagement; are you using current technologies to do this and if so, how? As you reflect remember that it’s not about the technology or other tools used – it’s about their ability to empower teachers, to engage students and parents, and to create learning opportunities that would not exist without it.
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