In most schools, teachers have had access to devices for planning and delivering lessons since before the Internet existed. This is enough time for the Gartner hype cycle to have passed through the technology trigger stage, inflated expectations should have peaked, and educational thinking processes emerged from the trough of disillusionment. Educators now should be working through the slope of enlightenment into a period of productivity based around digital literacies for improved pedagogical outcomes. The uptake of technologies does not equate to “[adopting] digital scholarship practices” (Sharples et al p.24).
Lee and Broadie discuss the evolution of processes that follow by stating: “Importantly… schools…will … experience significant natural growth driven in large by the ever-evolving technology, the ever-rising expectations of the users, the increased understanding of how best to use the emerging technology and by wider societal developments; developments the organisation will have limited control over and which at best they can only hope to shape to their advantage”. They also note that diverse schools, experience a similar range of evolutionary stages, invariably non-linear and, at times chaotic, with admissions of mistakes and revising processes common (Lee & Broadie, Taxonomy, 2014 pp.10-17).
No longer is the debate about technology, rather it questions what learning will be gained from implementation. Technology is merely another tool that allows people to extend their capabilities by working differently. Improvements to learning only results when new experiences are created. What is important is that the technology mission be closely tied to its larger context – the mission for the school” and, indeed the educational requirements for addressing skills useful for the future (Donham, 2008 p 212). The potential has not yet been realised because, for example, “the technologies haven’t been building connections with other users in disparate parts of the world” (Richardson & Mancabelli, 2011, p. 6). This is where the real power lies.