Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

What Teachers Love (and Hate) about Technology

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

What Teachers Love (and Hate) about Technology

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TECHNOLOGY HAS CERTAINLY taken its lumps in the education sector over the last year, with both new concerns arising about student data privacy and new questions about the efficacy of the tools in furthering the mission of education.

Nevertheless, educators are wildly enthusiastic about at least some of the tools they use, even as they decry certain technologies that are forced upon them.

In this month's issue we're congratulating the winners of the 2017 THE Journal Readers' Choice Awards. But really it isn't just about declaring that one product is better or more popular than another. When we read educators' comments in our open-ended survey questions, it became clear that what we're celebrating here are the significant contributions to teaching and learning that a whole lot of technologies have brought with them.

(As a side note, although we didn't use this Readers' Choice survey to ask which technologies educators hated the most, you went ahead and told us anyway. The difference between the two categories was obvious: The tools teachers love support them and their students in teaching and learning; those that don't just get in the way and seem to be forced on teachers either with shallow buy-in or with no buy-in at all.)

Google, Apple and Lexia Learning were the big winners in our two overall categories (favorite technology added in the last year and favorite technologies already in use at our school).

Said one educator of Lexia: "I have seen wonderful improvement with the program. …

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