As digital tools proliferate and improve, solid instruction in the basics will eventually become
“flat”—available anywhere globally—and the elements of excellent teaching that are most difficult for technology to replace will increasingly differentiate student outcomes. As a result, teacher effectiveness may matter even more than it does today, as the selectivity and prevalence of the teachers-in-charge who will leverage technology—and be leveraged by it—will be the distinguisher of learning outcomes among schools and nations. But in order to allow for such a drastic reshaping of the education system in the U.S., myriad policies affecting teachers—from professional development to compensation—will need to be revamped. This paper outlines how.
Written by Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel
Teachers in the Age of Digital Instruction