Technology, says Gene Levinson, should serve teachers, students and parents — not the other way around. Levinson is a research scientist, STEM educator and chief executive officer of the SmartNoter social enterprise, which offers a free iOS app that allows students and their parents to download modules developed by teachers to help them learn a broad range of courses. Here are five questions that Levinson says educators should ask about education technology, along with other information about what education technology companies should — and shouldn’t — do. This post, which I am publishing with Levinson’s permission, appeared on his LinkedIn page.
By Gene Levinson:
Dedicated teachers who care about the kids they teach are rightly suspicious of “educational reform” initiatives led by people who have no teaching experience. Companies claiming to motivate kids, help them to learn and gain deep understanding, improve critical thinking skills or instill lasting knowledge and real-world applicable know-how should pass certain tests.
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