I am guessing that there isn't one teacher on Twitter who hasn't seen a Twitter chat or a blog post or a discussion about the need to focus on pedagogy over fawning over the cool gadgets. The issue I take with this debate is the notion that you can remove pedagogy from technology. In this current learning environment, you simply can't separate the two. The mere fact that these discussions are taking place on Twitter, blogs, and other social platforms are proof enough that technology isn't getting in the way, but is the catalyst for making these kinds of learning experiences possible in the first place.
Let's go deeper...
To my naysayers or those on the "focus on the pedagogy" side, please understand that what technology does is enables a creativity, fosters a collaborative spirit, invites a world of possibility, and connects your students and your classroom to the world as never seen before. In the same way that the VCR reinvented the movie viewing experiences of people, technology, powered by the internet, has re-imagined what is possible in the classroom. For example, in the past, students would have written a research paper on the American Revolution. Now, with the aid of technology, students can use Google Docs to write a journal from the perspective from one of the key figures during the American Revolution, or use Google Tour Builder to tell their story with pictures, videos, etc. or via the use of Google Hangouts, students can talk to museum curators, historians, authors, and even collaborate with another class on a project about the American Revolution.
You see, technology doesn't replace pedagogy no more than the movie picture camera replaced stage plays. Technology simply creates a new medium, a new way of teaching and learning that shifts the focus from the teacher to the students.
Now isn't that what we all want?
About the author: My name is Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. I am a district instructional technologist, connected educator, and digital media learning consultant. I began teaching the educational applications of digitals as the Campus Outreach Coordinator for CAREEREALISMcampus.com. I also spent another two years as the Chief Social Strategist for StrengthsFactors, where I oversaw and managed the company’s social strategy, created and curated content for the company’s Ning, as well as launched multiple projects that expanded the company’s digital brand. Currently, I work with teachers in discovering how they can use a multitude of technologies, such as Google Apps, Compass Learning, ActivInspire, etc., to create an array of interactive and engaging collaborative learning experiences, with a focus on blended learning and connecting students to a global community.