Classroom Technology Should Facilitate Active Learning
- Technology for the sake of technology does not achieve meaningful learning outcomes.
- Educators must make learning their primary focus when selecting and implementing technology solutions.
“When students can use technology to explore, design, and create, that’s where the magic happens.”
Tom Murray believes that as ed tech spending increases, it’s important to look at what actually works. “Institutions realize educational value when they apply technology for active learning rather than passive consumption or observation,” he says. “When students can use technology to explore, design, and create, that’s where the magic happens.” Murray and his colleagues have observed that technology investments are absolutely worth the money in those cases because the metrics on learning growth demonstrate that learning is actually occurring. Murray calls that concept return on instruction.