There's a big difference between being handed some technology and then figuring out how it's useful and having a problem and finding (or creating) a technology to solve this problem.
Let me get my Interactive SmartBoard bashing out of the way. Just to be clear, my definition of interactive does not include a tool that:
- lives at the front of the room
- must be connected to a computer to work (and even then...)
- freaks out when it is touched by more than two people at a time
For me, the smartboard falls into the tech category of "here's some tech, now make it useful." This is too bad, because I have lots of unresolved tech issues that I'll address in the next part of this series.