If Technology is the Answer, What's the Question? Research to Help Make the Case for Why We Use Technology in Teaching
M.D. Roblyer, University of Maryland University College, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Over the last two decades, a diverse collection of critics has been building an ever-stronger case for reducing or eliminating the use of technology in teaching. At the same time, technology's advocates have been at a loss to stem the anti-technology tide with research that could help make a strong case for its pedagogical benefits. The current climate for scientific evidence and accountability reflected in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 presents educational technology proponents with both a demand and an opportunity. Future funding and support for technology-based teaching hinges on our ability to create and carry out a focused, pragmatic research agenda that will both counter past criticisms of methods and findings and help answer the question that should drive practice: “What are technology's essential contributions to teaching and learning?”
Roblyer, M.D. (2004). If Technology is the Answer, What's the Question? Research to Help Make the Case for Why We Use Technology in Teaching. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 27-38). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 18, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/14524/.