Educational Technology: What's Behind the Hype?
Laptops, Internet access, scanners, and video cameras can help teachers and students access information and resources quickly and easily. Digital imagery, PowerPoint presentations, and microphones create fun, interactive classrooms.
But access and ease do not equal knowledge and comprehension, according to Peter N. Berger in his Oct. 26 Education Week Commentary. In the midst of all the educational technology hype, Berger writes that we have lost sight of the basics of learning and teaching.
How effective is cutting-edge equipment in improving actual achievement? Behind all the bells and whistles, does high-tech gear really help students learn? Tell us what you think.