To effectively teach with technology, educators must be
able to set boundaries for appropriate use and help students take responsibility
for their actions in the digital realm.
But in a world where technology changes faster than
teachers can keep up, and students face different expectations for technology
use at home than at school, many educators are struggling to develop a cohesive
“It's like having a teacher education program without teaching teachers how
to manage a classroom,” said technology infusion and professional development
coordinator LeeAnn Lindsey. “You can't do all the pedagogical things in a
classroom that you want to be able to do if you don't know how to manage a
“Well, similarly with technology, we can teach teachers how to make learning
engaging and effective using devices, but we really can only do that if the
teachers and students have a foundation for using that technology responsibly so
that we're keeping kids safe and we're keeping teachers safe.”
Below, Lindsey explains the three biggest challenges of teaching digital
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Nicole Krueger is ISTE's inbound content strategist and lead blogger for
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