Educational Technology is not Maslow’s Hammer

Dr. Maslow has a very famous phrase that apparently he states many different ways ( “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

As educational leaders, we must remember that just because you have a fancy new technology (iPads, Kindles, laptops, SmartBoards, etc.) that does not immediately make you a good teacher.  Dr. Larry Cuban believes this phenomena is occurring, and has even said that teachers often use these new devices as little more than fancy typewriters (White, 1997).

Teachers must remember to be good teachers first, technology implementers second.  If teachers focus too much on the technology and too little on teaching, students lose.  Do not get caught up in the newest technology trends.  Rather, get caught up in good teaching.  Then your students will win.


White, K. A. (1997). School technology captures public’s fascination, states’ dollars. Education Week, 16(40), 15. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

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