They want to use it but then 'life gets in the way' and they fall back on old habits, says Stephanie Hamilton, senior manager of strategic education solutions at Apple Inc.
'The problem is teachers don't know what it looks like,' says Hamilton. 'Teachers have to be able to see and know, 'how do I use this technology and where does it go?'"
was addressing 400 teachers and administrators from schools across Norway as a keynote speaker at itslearning's annual user conference on April 23.
spoke generally about education technology, broaching topics like mobile devices in the classroom and the changing role of teachers in the digital age.
Hamilton, a teacher for 19 years, says teachers are hesitant to embrace technology, partly because teaching is a 'risk adverse' occupation.
lecture pointed to the challenges teachers have with technology, she
also highlighted the benefits of the virtual classroom.
"Information doubles three times every time you walk into a class," Hamilton
said that the emergence of mobile devices in the classroom reverted the education sector back to the 16th century when all students had personal teachers.
"Technology allows for individual learning," she
"Saying no to students about technology is like trying to hold back a tsunami with your hand.
"If we don't have more creativity and innovation in schools, we will have all these people preparing for a world that doesn't exist."
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