As an educator, my goal is not to just teach children – it’s to teach learners how to learn, regardless of age. In today’s technology-driven learning environments, technology plays a vital role in the learning process. Children are more flexible than adults with this technology because it is something they were almost “born” knowing how to use, whereas adults are a little inflexible when it comes to technology because it can be foreign to them. Remember your first experience with computers…. “Are you sure you want to terminate the program?” Was anybody else intimidated by the word “terminate!?!”
What are some ways educators can help each other make time for technology ?
* Set aside time once a week to collaborate with each other as a school on the ways technology is being used in other classrooms
* Advocate for training on the newest technology items within the school (I remember the first time I held in I-pad… it was given to me to use within a lesson….. I’d never held one before, because I make a NC teacher salary and can’t afford an item like that LOL!)
* Keep a positive attitude when working with technology – sometimes the server is down & that’s okay!
* As a grade level team, seek out ways to use technology within lessons you have taught for years and could do with your eyes closed.
* Don’t be afraid to ask for help from technology facilitators, curriculum coaches, and younger teachers (who might possess more tech knowledge)
Cannistraci, L. (2011). The Value of Instructional Technology in a K-12 District. Distance Learning, 8(1), 9-16.