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Inspiring education technology quotations for a productive summer.  

GUEST COLUMN | by Jessica Sanders

CREDIT Summer Landscape by Larisa KoshkinaSummer is the perfect time to focus on honing your edtech skills, but that sunshine might make it hard for you to sit down in front of your computer or go to a teacher conference. Let these quotes inspire you to find some time for learning this summer.

“Technology integration is not an event. It should be an everyday part of our classroom… like crayons and breathing.” – Venspired

“When technology integration is at its best, a child or a teacher doesn’t stop to think that he or she is using a tech tool—it’s second nature.” – Anonymous/Edutopia

“I was once asked by a group of educational state representatives if the flipped classroom would allow them to hire less teachers… When I heard this question, I came unglued. They had missed the point of the flipped classroom.” – Jonathan Bergmann

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates

“At the heart of effective technology integration, technology offers opportunities to be more actively involved in the learning process.”  Vanessa Vega

“The technology itself is not transformative. It’s the school, the pedagogy, that is transformative.” – Tanya Byron

“Why shouldn’t we give our teachers a license to obtain software, any software, for nothing? Does anyone demand a licensing fee each time a child is taught the alphabet?” – William Gibson

“There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if the teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.” – Nancy Kassebaum

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick

“To understand their world we must be willing to immerse ourselves in that world. We must embrace the new digital reality. If we can’t relate, if we don’t get it, we won’t be able to make schools relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generation.” – Ian Jukes

“Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” – Heidi-Hayes Jacobs

Hope you enjoyed these gems! Did we miss any insightful, provocative, dead-on or thoughtful quotations from other voices out there weighing in on issues and challenges in the edtech arena? Feel free to leave your comment below.

Jessica Sanders is the Director of Social Outreach for Learn2Earn, an online fundraising platform that allows students raise money by reading books. She grew up reading books like The Giver and Holes, and is passionate about making reading as exciting for young kids today as it has always been for her. Follow Learn2Earn on Twitter and Facebook, and send content inquiries to social@learn2earn.org.


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