While I have witnessed this and agree, I also think that it’s a red herring. A sparkling, glitzy herring in high heels dancing backwards, but a herring all the same. If I scan a page of a vocabulary workbook into the computer, convert it to PDF, and add digital fill in the blanks, my kids may be “motivated” to work on it— but it’s still the same damn workbook that has no basis in effective teaching practice, flexible problem solving, or language acquisition research.
Engaging a classroom on a daily basis requires more than just some superficial adjustment to classroom form. You’ve gotta bring great, diverse content daily and, unfortunately, there exists no tool, no shortcut, nothing else to do the job but the blunt application of profound creativity in the direction of challenging content standards.