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In the age of the technology avalanche, what happens to a teacher’s role?

Cheryl Davis, District Curriculum & Instruction Technology Specialist at Acalanes Unified School District says they’re crucial to the equation.

“A good teacher is a good teacher. The added value they bring as our kids move forward in this world, to have experiences with different technologies, is invaluable,” she said. “For me, I’m interested in students being content creators. Can students use technologies in academic ways? We know they can use technologies without us. They’ve got mobiles, texts, Facebook, and people out in the work world and academic world use technologies all the time. If you have a very engaging science teacher, but no technology there, where will students learn the other part of being a scientist, for example, and how can they add their own content and creativity?”

I interviewed Davis recently for a feature I'll post this week about the district's exploration of using e-readers in four high schools in the East Bay.