When #edtech Goes Horribly Wrong.

Simple truth, y’all:  All too often, our use of educational technology in schools goes horribly, horribly wrong. 

Need proof?

Then check out this picture that a friend of mine who works in a district where every classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard and ceiling mounted projector took the other day:

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That’s an “Interactive Whiteboard” for you, huh? 

The moral of the story ONCE AGAIN is that you can’t spend your way to meaningful change — and until you’re willing to rethink what highly engaged classrooms are REALLY supposed to look like, you may as well keep all your hard-earned cabbage in your wallet.



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  • Courtland Funke


    To be fair, I can think of a couple reasons why someone might use an old overhead projector instead of their interactive white board.

    1. Projector bulb is burned out and waiting to be replaced.
    2. Software on laptop isn’t syncing/working
    3. Laptop was left at home
    4. Interactive pen was lost

    Then of course there’s the big one…

    1. We spent a lot of money putting these boards in the classroom but didn’t save any for teaching our staff how and when to use them.
  • sylvia martinez

    a different question…

    Let’s say the IWB was working – would the work on the board be any different?