The longer you pretend

Shelley Owen commented yesterday that a teacher said to her that “[technology] is not in our contract.” Wow. It’s one thing to say as an educator, “I understand I need to do this but I need more help and/or support.” It’s another to say, “That’s not part of my job.” I don’t know the specifics of the situation, but I do know this:

The longer you pretend as an educator that technology is not core to how we learn and teach these days, the more you highlight your lack of relevance (and the more likely it is that you will be replaced by someone else who understands this).

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5 Responses to “The longer you pretend”

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone saying it’s not my job when it comes to technology. However, the far too common attitude among teachers in the schools I work with is that technology is a nice-to-have option when it comes to their instruction. They treat it like a topic they’ll get to after the standardized tests are done (a lot of good learning happens in those few weeks :-), instead of as an essential tool to help kids understand the content of their subject.

  2. Yep. It’s true. However, here is the context. There is a list of 10 things to say “No” to posted on the Union Communications Board. Technology was #10. The poster did note that they were “required” to input assessment data and take roll using a Student Information System. But that’s all.

    The situation is starting to change (albeit very slowly) but until there is solid direction from the top down, and adequate PD, there is little understanding of how, why, or when to use technology as a learning tool – and lots of resistance.

    • That is one of the first hurdles I think we have to get over. Tech is not a “learning tool.” Technlogy is the world our children live in. MAny of them use it as easily as breathing. You are not adding a tool. You are showing them how to work better, smarter, easier, in the life they are living. That is why students see so little relevance to School. They know it is a hoop they must jump through and adults wonder why so many of them don’t take it seriously.

  3. KATE (The Kentucky Academy of Technology Education) is here in Kentucky to help teachers understand that technology is a tool that can be integrated into most lessons that they teach and we provide FREE professional development within the state. If your teachers are having problems with understanding the importance of technology as an essential tool in this world, we can help!

  4. This reminds me of a comment that a first grade teacher made to me a couple of years ago during my first year as the school’s technology coach. “I didn’t use any technology in my class this year because it is not in the curriculum.” And this came from a teacher who, outside of school, was an early adopter of technology and always had the latest iDevice…

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