Food for Thought

Why EdTech? Why now?

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EdTech…EdWhat? If you haven’t already heard the term “EdTech” around your school, it’s only a matter of time before you do. Some teachers fear it, some embrace it, and some pretend to ignore it. The truth is, though, we just can’t seem to escape that ever so popular buzzword in our educational community.

One of my mantras has always been moderation (except for chocolate, of course). I have been to tech conferences where it was a cardinal sin to not incorporate tech into my every move. I am not that person. I think education has gone through an enormous amount of growing pains in the last 15 years – from incorporating it into our classrooms and then justifying it as more than a fancy notepad. We’ve had good practices and bad practices for years, so I don’t believe in tossing out our foundation. I do, however, believe in evolving, progressing, and being flexible.

Tech has its place in the classroom and in the workplace. We would be doing a disservice to our students if we did not at least expose them to what is out there and test their creativity. One day, they’ll be professionals with job titles we have not yet even envisioned. I can’t avoid that the present tense verb conjugations of French -er verbs will always be -e, -es, -e, -ons, -ez, -ent. Once we’ve moved on from these basics, though, it’s time for my students to creatively put them into action.

So, give it a shot. My students know that something new is always on the horizon, even if it’s a twist on an old classic. My number one asset as a teacher? I’m willing to try. I challenge you to do the same.