Amidst a sea of tech devices, and at a gathering of more than 18,000 educators interested in technology, a surprisingly human message rose above the noise at this week's International Society for Technology in Education.
Kicking off the big event, where crowds overflowed from one packed room to another, Sir Ken Robinson, renowned author and international education adviser, proposed the idea that technology is not the only driver for learning.
"The problem now is resisting the notion that technology is the answer to everything -- it's clearly not," Robinson said. "But what part of the equation does technology best speak to?"
Robinson, who's been outspoken about the need to change the education paradigm, emphasized that educators shouldn't be pushing (or be pushed toward) the gratuitous use of technology. He posed thought-provoking questions that got to the heart of what every stakeholder in education wants: what does it take to engage students -- not just within a standardized curriculum, but in their own learning? What are the roles of technology in doing this? And what are the implications when it comes to implementing practices and policies?
In the hunt to find the next Holy Grail in education technology, Robinson said we may be losing sight of what teachers are best at.