Mashable recently featured a long post titled How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom, focusing on how tablets, IWBs, social media and other stuff could be used in the classroom. A headline like that by itself is enough to raise my suspicions of quality, especially coming from a general tech blog

Actually, the article is not a bad overview of the possibilities and the writer starts with an excellent observation.

But technology is only as good as the system it’s applied to. Much like a fresh coat of paint will not improve the fuel efficiency of a ’69 Mustang, the application of technology to a broken system masks deeper problems with short-term gains.

Love that analogy. I wish more people around our overly-large school district and elsewhere understood it.

The author weaves some smart edtech skepticism throughout the piece and ends with some great questions those same educators should address.

Technology’s real promise lies in its ability to disrupt established systems and change the way we frame problems. How should we address the real issues plaguing our schools? Do we need technical solutions to everything? Are these problems better addressed the old-fashioned way, or should we just accept some of them and move on?

Exactly! Until we rethink our traditional educational structure, iPads, or whatever is the next hot technology, are the digital version of a glossy red paint job.