Technology is an important tool in education, but it can never replace the teacher

River Falls Superintendent Jamie Benson

In education, the “Big T” is for Teacher and the “little t” is for technology, River Falls Superintendent Jamie Benson writes this week in a featured column in the  River Falls Journal.

“Our schools have a responsibility to harness technology in ways that we teach students not only curricular content knowledge, but also how to use technology as productive, responsible and collaborative global citizens with the skills to be adaptable, flexible learners and communicators,” Benson writes.

However, he adds, “To be clear, technology in our schools will have little or no positive impact on increasing student learning unless teachers guide that learning.

“It’s not a tech device that does the teaching, rather it is the teacher that adds life, personalized, caring, mindful and connected learning opportunities to these experiences.

“Whether a lesson involves tech integration or not, teachers are defining the learning targets and guiding the student in learning how to accomplish a learning goal.”

Benson goes on to say:

“It is clear that technology is a tool, but not the teacher.

“Computers are machines without heart, nor an ability to develop meaningful and personal relationships with students.

“Teachers know that relationships matter and that student motivation is fueled in large part by those relationships.

“To use an analogy, technology may be like a vehicle’s gas pedal to accelerate the learning but the teacher is the steering wheel, the front windshield, the bumper, the engine, and the rear view mirror.

“Teachers guide the path, pace, content and outcomes of the learning.

“While there’s a place for technology in our schools, we need to remember the “Big T” is for Teacher and the “little t” is for technology when prioritizing the importance of both.”

Read entire column in the River Falls Journal:

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“Whether a lesson involves tech integration or not, teachers are defining the learning targets and guiding the student in learning how to accomplish a learning goal.”