Examine the section entitled, Seven Principles for Smart Use of Technology in Education.
There are numerous reasons why educators, administrators, or school districts have reservations about purchasing or implementing technologies in the classroom. The list of seven principles is intended as a general guide to consider when the question of technology becomes part of instructional design. Although the article is written for an audience in a developing nation, the principles have applicability to other cultural situations as well.
Sometimes it can be easy to be too enthusiastic about purchasing and including technologies for the classroom. Access to technology can be exciting for students and can sharpen a teachers lesson plan. But before a commitment to cost and infrastructure is made, it is important to reflect on some of the consequences of technology. What are your personal reservations about including forms of technology in your classroom? Reflect on the consequences of building elements of technology into your instructional practices. You can draw from the list of seven principles for inspiration or elaborate on your own consideration. What reservations come to mind about including activities that rely on forms of technologies? How might you balance your concerns with the potential benefits of including technologies?