Chris Lehmann, the principal of a science-focused magnet school in Philadelphia and a rock star in the ed tech world, kicked off WestEd’s Board of Directors Conference Wednesday in San Francisco with this idea: Technology is no substitute for great teaching.
“The purpose of tech should not, cannot ever be, to reduce the number of caring adults in the classroom,” Lehmann said.
Don’t mistake that sentiment for a concern about the amount of technology in the classroom. Lehmann’s students at Science Leadership Academy each bring their own laptop, provided by the school, to class every day. They publish their work online. They use digital cameras to document their science labs. Smartphones are encouraged.