The evolution of technology in the classroom
From yesteryear’s chalk slates to today’s iPad® tablets, technology as a teaching tool has come a long way.
“I have seen many changes in classroom technology since I started my first job in the 1980s,” says Kathy Cook, director of educational technology for the University of Phoenix College of Education and a former public school teacher.
“Some technology tools are quickly becoming outdated because the same thing can be accomplished with an app on a smartphone or a tablet,” Cook notes.
She frequently encounters teachers who resist integrating technology into their lesson plans, but she believes it’s important to embrace these tools.
“Teachers need to step out of their comfort zones,” she says, and “integrate new technologies that can enhance teaching and learning.”
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