I expected to walk away from Edutech feeling inspired and perhaps with an even deeper love of technology, but what I did walk away with was a surprising new perspective......
I expected to be all like "Yay! Woo! Tech-nol-o-gy! Yeah! - More, I must have more!"
BUT instead I realised that it is not about the technology at all. It is about the underlying intention. One of our keynote speakers, the famous Erin Sheninger said something along the lines of that the role of technology is to support and enhance learning - it is not the learning! The pedagogical intent should come first - it is the driver, while technology is merely the accelerator. We should be focusing on what the core of our business is - TEACHING and LEARNING. Technology helps to leverage this, but it is not the be all and end all of what education is about.
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