technology will never replace teachers
Will technology replace teachers? @gcouros @sylviaduckworth

“Technology will never replace great teachers, But technology in the hands of a great teacher can be transformational.” George Corous (sketchnote by Sylvia Duckworth)

NOTE: This was incorrectly attributed to Erin Klein, thanks to Erin for clarifying this so we could attribute this to the correct author and to Sylvia for updating the sketchnote. Sorry, George – I’ll be retweeting it now! — Vicki 11/7/2015 

Will Technology Replace Teachers?

Technology is not your competition UNLESS…

  • Technology can easily replace a teacher who only uses worksheets.
  • Technology can easily replace a teacher who only gives multiple choice tests.
  • Technology can easily replace a teacher who only shows videos.
  • Technology can easily replace a teacher who follows a rote, conventional system of fill in the blank, drill and kill, and take a test.
  • Technology can easily replace a teacher whose students just read the book, memorize and watch a video.
So, are you replaceable? Are you stuck in a rut of rote, routine boredom or do you do things that matter to kids? Teaching is so much more than drill and kill and worksheets. We can be more.

Technology cannot replace a teacher IF…

  • Technology can never replace a teacher who knows and relates to every child as an individual and helps them find their strengths.
  • Technology can never replace a teacher who encourages students in design thinking to create unique projects.
  • Technology can never replace a teacher who helps kids do things that matter in the world.
  • Technology can never replace a teacher who teaches with a flourish, encourages with a smile, and busts routine with powerful learning experiences.
  • Technology can never replace a teacher who helps students do new, novel things to create and invent.
  • Technology can never replace a teacher who looks kids in the eye, understands their heartache, and flips that kid!
Are you getting to know each child? We can flip a kid with encouragement. We can tell parents about the unique strengths of each student. We can give kids a reason for wanting to come to school. We can engage them in unique, fun experiences that also teach. 

Technology can make you an even greater teacher IF…

  • Technology can make you a better teacher if you let students create unique things that matter to them and the world.
  • Technology can make you a better teacher if you harness it to do what it does well (like grading multiple choice), and you focus on doing unique things that make a difference (like coaching individual kids).
  • Technology can make you a better teacher if you connect kids with a global audience using it.
  • Technology can make you a better teacher if you find unique ways and tools to engage kids in learning.
  • Technology can make you a better teacher if you are open-minded enough to try new things.
  • Technology can make you a better teacher if you let it connect you with other teachers in your field who have great ideas.
Are you choosing to let technology make you a better teacher? Are you letting technology do what it does best? Are you unleashing your students or putting them on a leash? 

So, remember who you are. You are unique. You, dear teachers, are precious. You might be working harder than a one-legged cat in a sandbox, but if you’re doing work worth doing — in ways worth doing them — (unlike the cat), you’re making progress.

We all have the seeds of greatness inside us. You can reboot any day you choose. You can start over. Plan something epic and be the incredible teacher you can be.

Get your rest then be your best. Be that irreplaceable you! We can do this.

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