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  1. Tagrid Sihly

    I totally agree. Teachers and administrators must abandon the status quo and embrace innovative change. When teachers see the value of integrating technology in teaching and how it can facilitate learning, they will be less reluctant to give it a try. Great post.

  2. John Spencer

    “We are asking our teachers to help our students to be creative and innovative but doing this in a way that promoted neither for their own practice.”

    I feel this way often and I even see it in some of the Twitter crowd as they talk about what teachers “should” and “shouldn’t” do. Teacher autonomy matters. Creative freedom matters. When we ignore this, we end up cutting off innovation in one of the best places it should begin.

  3. Greg Kostiuk

    Part of ignoring the status quo is demonstrating change is an exciting time. Make change nonthreatening and allow a fail forward perspective. Ignore the status quo, but embrace the excitement of change.

  4. captdan38

    The problem that I see most frequently when discussing with someone the use of technology in education is that there is a difference between adaptive uses of technology vs embedded uses of technology. The adaptive use people get; the use of word processing programs over pen and paper, the use of power point over the tri-fold poster and the list goes on. The difficulty occurs when we start to get into areas of embedded uses of technology. This is where the technology fades into the background and becomes the tool or vehicle that enables so much more. For instance the use of technology to allow students from around the world to collaborate, plan, make decisions and implement a plan of action. Where video conferencing, google documents survey monkey, YouTube etc and a wide variety of social media are leveraged in the process of creating something completely new.

    These things are often viewed as a one off event and a lot more work, above what we are already doing; as opposed to a new way of doing things that is going to replace the old. This is not new. Teachers are creatures of habit and while we know that change is constant there is the simple fact that the new is often held suspect.

    George, it sounds like the individual who you heard speak was more of a adaptive than embedded thinker when it comes to issues of technology.

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