I want to start by saying that I am a huge advocate of technology in education. I work in a one-to-one school and infuse technology into every activity and project in my class. That being said, all great power can be wielded positively or negatively There are definitely some negative outcomes that can occur as technology floods into education. Here are a few that a can lead educators and districts down a bad path.
While we are talking about technology devices. I have to get in a few shots at SMART Boards (SINO--smart in name only). Spending valuable tech-dollars on SMART Boards is not a good investment of money or pedagogy. These are a gargantuan waste of money for most classroom applications. I can see the usefulness in a small elementary or special needs classroom, but in a classroom of 20+ students from middle school up--the only real purpose SMART Boards serve is a $8,000 projection screen. Technology needs to be used for creation--student creation--not content delivery. This leads me to my next point.
Webinars are the absolute worst form of professional development and should be avoided at all costs. If the video and audio feeds actually work, which is rare in my experience, a webinar is one of the most disengaging forms of learning I have experienced. Short tutorials are useful, but a 5-person, conference-call-styled presentation is awkward and borderline absurd as a learning methods. I understand if it is the last possible option, but it too closely resembles traditional direct instruction, only you're not in the same room--a method most effective teachers would laugh at.