Diane Ravitch exposes the 5 top risks from the misuse of technology in schools

Education expert Diane Ravitch is not against constructive use of technology in schools but she recognizes that industry has a powerful profit interest in encouraging schools to overuse and misuse technology in schools. “The greatest fear of parents and teachers is that the tech industry wants to replace teachers with computers,” she writes in a column published by EdSurge. “They fear that the business leaders want to cut costs by replacing expensive humans with inexpensive machines, that never require health care or a pension. They believe that education requires human interaction. They prefer experience, wisdom, judgment, sensibility, sensitivity and compassion in the classroom to the cold, static excellence of a machine. I agree with them.”

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Do cellphones belong in the classroom?

The announcement this week that Portage High School would be banning cellphones from the classroom this fall has generated a lot of reaction on both sides of the issue. While many believe cellphones distract from learning in the classroom, others believe they can be used to supplement learning. At the same time, some parents like the idea of always being able to reach their children via cellphone.

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Technology is an important tool in education, but it can never replace the teacher

In education, the “Big T” is for Teacher and the “little t” is for technology, River Falls Superintendent Jamie Benson writes this week in a featured column in the River Falls Journal. “To be clear, technology in our schools will have little or no positive impact on increasing student learning unless teachers guide that learning,” Benson writes. “It’s not a tech device that does the teaching, rather it is the teacher that adds life, personalized, caring, mindful and connected learning opportunities to these experiences.”

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Three ways technology can’t replace people in the classroom

Technology is dramatically changing our classrooms and the approach we take overall to education. From iPads and Chromebooks to e-learning to virtual reality, technology is enhancing opportunity and giving educators more ways to reach students. But, as NPR Education Blogger Anya Kamenetz points out in her latest post, technology just can’t replace the value of having teachers and students together in the same place, face-to-face, engaging in personal, human interactions.

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How educators can learn from popularity of Pokéman Go

In a new medium.com post, blogger Daniel Williamson lists five ways he believes educators could learn from the success of the wildly popular new app Pokémon Go. “In education,,” he writes, “the ideas and topics covered in a textbook or a lecture often fail to make the leap from abstract concept to real-world application. Drawing upon the use of augmented reality in Pokémon Go, education technologies could devise ways to authentically engage users in real-world situations.”

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Amazon, Google make big edtech announcements that could impact your classroom this fall

School technology resources are front and center in the news this week, as thousands of educators gather in Denver for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. Amazon and Google have made big announcements that may impact you in the classroom beginning this fall.

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