But I LIKED Prodigy! (Why bother with new tools)

I’m often asked, “How do you keep up with all the changes in technology?”  My reply is that I talk to a lot of people, read a lot online, and explore what other innovative school districts are doing throughout our country.  I view such information through the lens of our curriculum, student engagement, student achievement, and sustainability.

Technology changes faster than almost (and I’m being kind here) any other area in which we are involved.  It takes time and energy to  incorporate new tools (software, collaborative web tools), and for many the 500 pound gorilla in the room may be a simple unspoken question; “Why bother;  the tools we’ve always used have always worked.”

Although that may be true, the reality is that the world around us demands that we change, and change regularly.  The world in which our students are growing up is significantly different that it was even five years ago.  Though we may want to use digital tools that were groundbreaking 5, 10 or 15 years ago, they just don’t cut it for  most of today’s challenges.  Or, more succinctly than these 186 words.

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