Right this second I’m in a seminar about technology with a presenter named Bernajean Porter. She’s discussing technology and the state of education in general. There are some very interesting thoughts in this presentation.
- Technology accelerates something: what is the something we want to accelerate? What would suffer if we eliminated technology from our building? Have the conversation with the entire staff during staff development. (Teachers recognize the need for technology and “just use it” making computer lab access in demand and a strain on technology resources. If we’re sharing technology we need to make sure we’re sharing the goals.)
- Technology amplifies everything: the technology tool does not change the quality of skills. It is a tool and not a vehicle that takes you from point A to point B. Great methods and instruction plus technology equals even greater methods and instruction. Ineffective methods and instruction plus technology equals even more ineffective methods and instruction.
- Reality is the leading cause of stress 🙂
- Information Anxiety: awareness of the information you do not know; can be overwhelming. All the pieces in education are just pieces; they will not magically come together by graduation. Confusion and uncertainty are essential; “Teachers need to be comfortable with technology before using it” is so FALSE and can’t be done (new technology and new applications invented every second)
- Technology shopping allows people to look more modern and sound more modern but is the result modern? If you want a different result, you need to do something different. Need to “do” something different –not just dress it up with pretty, shiny technology (decorated lesson plans). It comes down to instructional methods.