FEATURE | ed tech trends
JANUARY BRINGS many opportunities
for change. Politically, we get a fresh start, with
a new Congress, a new term for the presidential
administration, and new leaders on the local level.
Another school semester begins. A new wall
calendar goes up, featuring pictures of kittens or
rustic New England scenes.
The new year also allows district technology
leaders and innovators to reflect on how the
rapid pace of technological change is impacting
what happens in their classrooms.
Instructional technologies that were all the rage
a year ago ( netbooks) can be swept aside by this
year’s favorite ( iPads). Discerning which new developments
are truly effective and which are just
fads is the toughest challenge.
T. H. E. Journal recently convened five experts
who spend their days in the trenches helping
school districts understand the impact of technology
on teaching and learning. We asked them to
consider 10 topics related to instructional technology
and give us
Our panel of experts determines which ed tech
devices and practices are heating up, and which
are losing steam. BY DAVID RATHS
| DECEMBER 2012 8
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