Sunday’ plenary was exactly what teachers in a lot of contexts need nowadays – a beautifully put reminder that technology is not the magic wand that the teacher uses to ensure students are learning. Instead of the technocentric approach, Joy Egbert proposes five principles of task engagement, careful studying of one’s students, their strengths and weaknesses, and the technology that is available and will best engage the students as well as improve the learning process.
(slides from Joy Egbert's presentation)
Technology can never be central in the process, teachers must be aware of their central position. The role of the teacher is as important as before the time of technology if not even more important when technology is involved in the learning process. I couldn’t agree more.