Schools all over the country are going through the growing pains of digital adoption, connectivity in classrooms, and figuring out the instructional use of devices and online resources. Within this context, how do we balance learning through teachers and learning through online devices?

Two recent papers offer a glimpse into the nitty gritties of grappling with this on-going challenge in the world of education policy. One is a study by the New America Foundation, which went about trying to gain a greater perspective on how increasing demand for broadband infrastructure is playing out in schools. Another is an article published by the Brookings Institution on the importance of teachers in today’s technology-driven world, “where teachers may no longer be the sole keepers of knowledge in the classroom.”

“Often policymakers and politicians skip straight into conversations on how much technology and screen time we should have and questions on pedagogy and the balance between technology and no technology, but if we want any technology in the classroom then we need to have a technical conversation about the infrastructure, buying devices, having all the tools we need, training teachers–at the same time as we’re discussing the appropriate balance of technology in classrooms,” [Lindsey] Tepe said.

Read the full article by Nihal Krishan about education technology from InsideSources