For decades, technology has held the promise of transforming education. Why has technology not delivered on its promise?
We have known for decades that the people who have the most impact on student outcomes are teachers and parents. Yet, until recently, technology interventions have been designed to play the role of the teacher or parent. When that happens, the quality of learning relationships among students, teachers, and parents suffers and student outcomes suffer as well.
Technology’s role should not be to replace teachers or parents, but rather to strengthen the learning relationships among students, teachers, and families and thereby power students’ learning (enabling them to develop mastery of the academic standards and develop ownership of their learning).
For students to power their learning, technology must support the learning relationships below.