What is a big misconception about technology in education? 

I posed this question to the many members of a Google+ Community I host, related to my book I published last year. Below are a few replies.

What statements might you add to this list? Please share in the comments.

That it can replace good teaching or even a teacher.

That it replaces conversations (oral communication) in the classroom, that it is a ‘fad’ that will pass, and that kids don’t need it because I (elder teacher / parent) didn’t have it when I was in school, and I did just fine…

That learning can become turn-key.

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

5 thoughts on “What is a big misconception about technology in education? ”

    1. I heard this one from my teaching partner for a couple of years. We have been teaching together for seven years now and she has become adept at using many technologies and has even shown me how to use some things that I could not figure out on my own.


  1. Similar to what Tom Whitford shared, I believe a common misconception is that with more technology in the classroom, teachers can serve more students at one time. This is something I write about on my teaching blog, A Teacher’s Work (here on WordPress).


  2. I think that a misconception about technology in education is that computers will replace hands on learning. I hear many people say that soon kids will be expected to do everything on a computer and will never learn to write with a pen or pencil. I believe that the role of technology in education is to enhance the learners’ experiences. Yes, students will learn to type and to do many things on a computer, but it will not replace basic skills that students will need to function in society. For example, many of my students’ handwriting has improved since they have begun to write on our interactive whiteboard using the digital pen, because they need to be more deliberate in their letter formation.


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