Yes. No. Maybe?
It is a complicated question, with a complicated answer. There are no shortcuts to being an effective teacher, and according to this article, “technology at best only amplifies the pedagogical capacity of educational systems.”
School can be effective without technology. Shocking, right?! A good quality education hinges on solid pedagogical practices and effective teachers.
But, what about technology? Yes, it can enhance learning, but it depends on how it is implemented. Technology without an effective teacher is simply a distraction or a fleeting attraction.
With an effective teacher, technology can great benefit students- but it is not a standalone tool. With teacher guidance and encouragement, technology can do the following:
- It can make learning fun and engaging
- It can give students a “real world” audience for their work
- It can prepare students for college and career lives
- It can improve information retention
- It can help some students acquire information (apps such as Microsoft Office Lens, Google Read and Write)
- Students can learn at their own pace (we can tailor education to suit the needs of the student)
All of the above hinge on having an effective and engaged teacher that is guiding the students and encouraging them.