Entire industries, including this blog, are centered around "technology in education."

I hate that phrase. Specifically, the use of the word "technology."

"Technology" is just stuff. In my classroom, some of the technology I have includes: a Fujitsu TabletPC, a SmartBoard, a dry-erase board, a plethora of dry-erase markers, books, paper, pens etc.. When I was in grade school, the technology consisted of a chalkboard and chalk, and again, books and paper. When Vergil was in school his technology was a stylus, wax tablets, and maybe some papyrus.

The vocabulary we use matters. When educators talk about the need for "technology in the classroom," most people translate that as, "We need more stuff." What they really mean, the smart ones, is that they want new tools to facilitate new ways of learning. I'm not trying to be pedantic here, and it's probably fine to use "technology" as shorthand, but I think this is indicative of many of the issues facing education. When educators are stuff-focused, they ignore the real needs.