Critically Assessing Technology

Here is little piece I discarded from a book chapter I’m working on.  I felt it needed to be “published” somewhere.

Because technology is ubiquitous and constantly changing, educators must critically assess technology’s role in shaping learning environments and not blindly adopt every new tech that might possibly be used in education.  Importantly, critically assessing technology’s effect is much more than dreaming about how technology might improve student learning. To critically assess technology, educators need to understand that technology is value laden, comes with trade-offs, is limiting, and is limited.

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5 Responses to Critically Assessing Technology

  1. Nicely said, Jerrid! I would extend this to other classroom technologies – like curriculum, lessons, projects, etc. It all must be critically examined – does it help achieve the ultimate end of unfolding the potential of the child by providing meaningful and lasting knowledge and understanding.



    • jerridkruse says:

      Thanks. In the book chapter, I actually use “curriculum maps” as the culminating example to illustrate how the nature of technology can be used to more thoughtfully make decisions in schools.


  2. dwees says:

    I’d love to know why this was taken out of your chapter. It seems like it captures much of what is important when thinking about educational technology.


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