Think of it like the box. We know what is in there. We know what it can do (nothing). So we protect it and covet the best time slot. We also know we can assign a task in there and have 40 minutes of freedom so we can assess students individually as needed.
What if we replaced the word "technology" with pencil? Would it seem ridiculous still like in this blog post here?
As an educator, it comes down to a matter of what and when we teach students. There are risks like them searching an inappropriate video or image. However, if we don't teach them how to use technology as part of the daily routines in school how could they use it correctly on their own?
Recently I attended a great conference as a presenter, Podstock, and I came away with an important take-away. What is your return on instruction? Have you measured the differences in students when you use project based learning compared to a traditional test?
That's the value of integrating technology. It enriches instruction and it enriches the students. I do not think it must be constantly used. It is clearly ok to unplug - even plan for tech outages when there is substitutes.
We can do this easily by letting go of complete control and the dependence on memorization of facts. Think about admitting it is OK to let the students fail or to fail yourself. If you can't show them how to handle failure then how can we expect them to?
If there was one item I would advocate we use technology for in the future is collaboration and digital storytelling. There is so much more depth in creation when we add audio, visual and music to a project!
I am a 2nd Grade teacher with years of experience in digital editing and film. I have a 2nd Degree Black Belt, am a professional wedding photographer, and instruct fine art painting classes.