Among the oft-mentioned challenges in education is the challenge
of preparing students for success in the twenty-first century
workforce. Technology is just as often cited as the solution.
The hope is that the use of technology in the classroom (for
example, the use of video or an interactive whiteboard) will
raise student performance, particularly in math and science. But
it turns out that unless the instruction itself is challenging
and engaging, the use of technology won’t make any difference.
“Technology is just a tool,” according to education professor
Cynthia Carter Ching. “Live streaming of a boring lecture is