Top-Down Technology

November 13, 2006 1 min read

In a Classroom Tech column, Kevin Bushweller questions whether it’s wise for school districts, in their quest to keep pace with technological change, to force innovation on teachers. He cites the case of a Virginia district that recently began requiring its teachers to maintain classroom blogs. Among other things, he wonders whether edicts like that might not sap educators’ sense of discovery and initiative in using new technologies.

What’s your view? How involved should school administrators be in teachers’ decisions about what technology to use? Do teachers need to be required to use certain tech programs in order to remain proficient? How do you balance school technology goals with teachers’ professional autonomy?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.