One never knows what the e-mail will bring. Yesterday this question came:
I was wondering if you agree or disagree with this quote, and why: "the more powerful technology becomes, the more indispensable good teachers are.
Interesting idea, and quite the opposite of what many policymakers envision: that technology will "teacher-proof" education.
So I expect that whether one agrees or not depends on how one defines "powerful technology." If it is only to teach basic skills through drill and practice, integrated learning systems, distance education that retains the same pedagogies used in F2F instruction, then no - these uses require few teaching skills.
But if the technology is used to help students become information literate, effective problem solvers, and powerful communicators, the role of the teacher becomes even more important, especially as the teacher's role becomes process expert rather than content expert.
I'm hoping others can formulate a better response...