Professor Chris Hoadley of New York University sets out three simple laws of education technology (as reported today by Jeff Dunn in edudemic)...
- Law #1: It’s not the technology. It’s what you do with it
- Law #2: It’s not what the technology makes possible. It’s what technology makes easy
- Law #3: Pay attention to the trends in learning, not in technology.
...which is basically saying that it is not about the technology. Dunn writes about technology that if "you’re not learning, growing, or enhancing your life, then put that tech down and move on!". In the presentation below (code embedded from edudemic), Hoadley compares the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of hardware and software in business as being accepted at about 25% with education. The rest is all intangible assets such as human capital, and training. The same applies in schools according to Hoadley, implying that technology is still just a small part of the TCO of education. He also takes a look at "Societal Changes" and their meaning for education. The slideshow is 17 minutes long, but it is worth listening to what Professor Hoadley has to say: