Monday, February 16, 2009

Ask not what technology can do for you. Ask what you are going to do with technology.



With my apologies to President John F. Kennedy, I think this is a question we all need to ask ourselves seriously. In my conversations with people, it often comes up, "What will technology do for us?" In other words, how will it make our test scores improve, how will it make my life easier, how will it make me a better teacher?

The answer is simple. IT won't. However, if we ask the right question, technology can be a powerful tool to help us improve our students education, make our lives easier, and make us a better teacher. The question we need to ask is, "What are we going to do with technology?"

If we use the technology to communicate with our colleagues, it will improve our lives.

If we use the technology to access information, we will become better teachers.

If we use the technology to creatively solve problems and communicate our ideas visually and in an engaging way, it will improve our students.

If we use technology to connect our students to people around the world, it will create an environment that improves the education of our students.

So, it's time to ask yourself, what are YOU going to do with technology?

*Picture from: http://www.thedctraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/john-kennedy-ask-not-what-your-country-can-do-for-you-inaugural-speech-1961.png

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