Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

pedagogy-first-fiThink Pedagogy First, Technology Second

by TeachThought Staff

We’ve talked before about the role of technology in the learning process–mainly because we’re still trying to–as a field, industry, and culture–come to grips with its pitfalls and potential.

The stages of technology integration.

And the right and the wrong way to use technology for learning.

Tips for smarter technology use.

Clearly this is a topic that’s on the minds of educators that want the best for students, but also want to resist reckless, en vogue adoption.

In that context, the following infographic from Krista Moroder offers another simple piece of advice: thinking pedagogy first, technology second. We might revise that statement to include other approaches beyond pedagogy–including heutagogy, giving us something like “Think learning goals first, technology second,” you get the idea.

Technology is a tool–a platform, a tactic, a strategy, and a space, but–unless you’re teaching a technology class–never an end.

You can find an editable version of the graphic (under CC licensing) here.


Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second


  • Not sure I agree with this. How about thinking about all three as equally important and all three as interacting and affecting each other? Think TPACK. The main message of the TPACK framework is that you don’t think of any one domain first, or in a hierarchy… Technology, pedagogy and content, within a specific context, all interact. For example, if you want students to collaboratively build knowledge in a specific content area, you could accomplish that with various pedagogical approaches… and technologies. In terms of technology, you could use a blog or a wiki… but the choice of technology you make in your design will greatly affect the quality of learning that takes place via the knowledge building task.

  • I feel a bit differently. I think Pedagogy and Technology is quite intertwined and interconnected. You cannot think of Pedagogy or design a pedagogical approach without technology and then come to technology. I agree that what you say makes sense if you consider technology purely as a way to improve effectiveness. This is quite true when you have decided on one format of delivery (say ILT / classroom or e-learning or online learning etc.). But as a generic rule of saying Pedagog first and then technology in my opinion would not be appropriate in all cases. I Would love to hear other’s thoughts on this.

  • I tell my preservice teachers: differentiate between learning FROM technology or learning WITH technology. We spend some time analyzing the difference between tools so they can recognize at a glance the right tools that meet the highest level of DOK. And the right tools are not test prep tools!

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