Learning First, Technology Second

July 22, 2013
Sarah Jackson
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, United States
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration

That’s what teacher Bill Ferriter reminds us with his cleverly hand-drawn infographic that’s gotten a lot of attention in the past few weeks.  With over 9,298 views on Flickr,  "Technology is a Tool, NOT a Learning Outcome" made an impression on educators, many of whom are in the throws of summer planning and figuring if and how they’re going to use more tech in their classrooms in the coming year.

There’s been some thoughtful debate about Ferriter’s posts at the Center for Teaching Quality. He reminds that technology can enable an important kind of  “intellectual togetherness, ” but learning still has to be at the center of the choices we make in the classroom.

“Technology,” he writes in a follow-up post, “DOESN'T automatically make a lesson more engaging and/or valuable to student learners—and suggesting otherwise often results in districts investing TONS of cold hard cash into digital products or services that do little to change learning spaces for the better.”

We’d love to hear what you think.