When adopting any new technology, it's important to be thinking about things from the perspective of your ultimate goals, rather than what is it that the technology itself can do. What is it that you are trying to achieve, that the device, app or platform can help with?
In the classroom, technology can facilitate myriad changes to the ways in which we go about tackling a number of tasks and activities, saving time for teachers and students, and fundamentally changing the way schools can undertake pedagogical methods and practices. Increased functionality from devices, and the ability to access information and work from different physical locations has enabled more and more teachers to embraced flipped learning, enabling swifter marking and feedback, making lesson time a more collaborative experience.
As we prepare today's learners for the modern workplace, the role of technology within education takes on increasingly more importance as the students are exposed to some of the working practices they will encounter in their future careers, all the while developing the digital skills they will need in order to succeed.
A big part of the modern workplace is flexibility, and finding new ways to work.
The following video is from Hable - a Microsoft Education Partner - and is a great example of how individuals and organisations can use technology to work smarter. In Hable's own words:
For us, technology projects are not about the gadgets and features - they are about helping people work in new ways and supporting organisations through times of significant change.