1. Rick

    #1 is especially true. I am a former teacher now in consulting, but my wife still teaches HS where all the kids have laptops. People would be shocked at how little the kids know about these things. The beginning of the school year should be spent going over basic computer skills; how to manage your wireless connections, how to operate software like MS office, Adobe, etc. How to update your computer and turn on/off applications. How security software works and what your settings should be.

    Aside from how to get to Facebook and YouTube and the free game sites, the majority of kids know very little about how those $800 gadgets work.

  2. Scott Boylen

    Great post! Important to point out that we too make many assumptions in education that follow the same saying about the word assume and “U” and “Me.” As educators we need to do less assuming and more stepping up, leading, and showing others the light of knowledge. Knowledge is power and powerful!
    Thanks for the reminder!

  3. David Hochheiser

    All are so true. Even students who use a ton of technology probably don’t use it in the ways we’re asking. Many use tech in very limited ways. Everyone has to own pieces of the ed tech shift. Love #3 ‘s point about the necessary mindset for excellence. It does not have a number of years or credits attached to it. I’ve seen great and poor practices across the spectrum. The beauty and truth in #4 is that the calendars will turn, bells will ring and school will happen regardless of our feelings about a particular issue. We must, therefore, work to find that functional and reflective middle path that puts best possible structures in place for our kids, realizing that we’ll continue to improve if we allow for dialogue.

  4. Lori Emilson

    Great post. #3 really resonates with me. I am often surprised at the resistance to technology that I see in new teachers. And I agree that MANY experienced teachers embrace new ideas. Well said!

  5. Jessica Hadid

    Yes! Effective collaboration RELIES on the naysayers to challenge and test our views; we depend on them to drive meaningful change.

  6. Ryan Hill

    Excellent points of thought. I agree with most of them but slightly disagree with #3 as I have found that many of the older teachers that I work with in technology training are not as willing to use as technology tools or new tools as younger teachers. I find that there is a greater resistance to change for those that have been entrenched in their habits and practice for a long time. My goal is to show the value of the technology and how it can save them time and effort and increase student engagement and learning. I find when I approach most resistant teachers (young and old) with this value mindset they are much more open to accepting the use of the tools in their classroom.

  7. Great post — Number 1 is so true. I am amazed at what my student can do and what they know — and what they are unable to do as far as using devices for impact and voice as literate, participating citizens. Number 4 is also key: we need to listen and find ways forward. Dialogue is key so every one has a voice; with that voice, we clarify and find common ground. Teachers do want the best for kids; starting the conversation begins the new direction.

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