Education reform shouldn't be driven by technology, says education innovator
- Speaking at the University of Oklahoma Tuesday as part of a lecture series, Canadian education innovator Michael Fullan said that technology, while an effective tool, shouldn't drive change and is viewed by too many educational systems as something to buy, as opposed to something to integrate into the learning experience.
- Fullan--a special adviser to the premier and minister of education in Ontario, as well as a professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto--praised technology's ability to help teachers engage students more effectively, teaching them more material quicker, cheaper and in greater depth.
- Without direction, however, classroom technology is simply a tool with no reason for existing, Fullan said, adding, "A fool with a tool is still a fool, and a fool with a powerful tool is actually dangerous."
From the article:
NORMAN — Classroom technology can be a powerful tool for education — but only when it's used properly, a Canadian education innovator said Tuesday. The trouble is that technology has developed so quickly that most education systems haven't been able to keep up, Michael Fullan told a crowd at the University of Oklahoma. ...
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