Does Technology Lead Teachers to Raise the Bar on the Quality of the Work Expected?
Everything is good in moderation, and technology is no exception.
I love using tech both inside and outside the classroom. I have a strong belief backed by my students’ data on how it improves their learning.
But occasionally I wonder, with technology so prevalent in the picture, have I pushed them too far sometimes?
The introduction of technology in education has so far been controversial, and normally that’s because parents and teachers worry about:
- extra screen time
- the lack of face-to-face interaction
- the distractions it causes
But what about considering how technology may lead teachers to raise the bar on the quality of work we expect them to submit?
Don’t get me wrong.
I am a big tech advocate in the classroom and the benefits it brings to our students.
I love giving students tools to create projects/presentations because they can be valuable to them in their future careers as well.
Challenging students is a must in education, and I believe that technology gives that challenge to a lot of students.
The conversation around understanding the effects that individual technologies have on student learning is crucial for creating a productive and engaging learning environment.
But the roles that teachers play with their expectations need to be tossed more into the discussion as well.
Even when later in the pandemic the restrictions were relaxed, the return to schools was quite limited and teaching and learning have had to proceed in a blended mode.
The expectations changed.
As a result of technology being introduced and integrated into school curriculums, teachers have sometimes expected more of their students in return.