Should it be mandatory that teachers be able to demonstrate meaningful integration of technology into their curriculum? Do today's tech savvy students need technology integration in order to receive highest quality education? If technology is not integrated, are we preparing our student's adequately for an increasingly high tech workplace? Tell us what you think.
I believe the integration of technology is meaningful in the context of developing or enhancing student understanding. This is practicing the art of teaching in a current context with the proper intention... student learning. Using technology, as a best tool from the tool box, to model, guide, and release students to showcase their mastery of a concept or skill is ideal practice. However, I would also argue that the "flare" and "attraction" of new media and devices does warrant consideration. We all have a variety of learners in our classrooms and at the heart educators are also marketing a curriculum. I would argue that integrating technology to enhance the presentation of material or provide a "hook" engaging the learner is also valid teaching. Capturing our audience is important whether it involves an engaging science experiement (perhaps utilizing a virtual tool), providing a puzzling math problem (to be explained to the class using SMART technology), or an appealing animation that captures the imagination of a primary student (reading an etext). If the technology draws them in... is that so bad?
I think it is a part of the journery.