1. Terri

    I love this post, George. People assume that because I teach in a computer lab and support teachers using technology in their classes, that I have far more knowledge about technology than I really do. It’s impossible to know everything! I tell people that I am first and foremost a teacher, who happens to teach in a computer lab, but my highest priority is relationships with students and being an effective teacher for them. I am always trying to learn new things, not only to stay current with technology, but also to be the best teacher that I can be. That’s why I love this line: “I never want to be considered “tech savvy”, but I continuously strive to be “learning savvy”.” Thank you for writing this. Here’s to a great year for all students and teachers!

  2. It’s not what you know as much as it is knowing how to find answers, whether that be through research or surrounding yourself with people who know the answers.

    Rather than fully understanding or mastering “technology,” educators should just strive to be aware of what’s out there. You may not need a certain tool today, but when the day comes that you could apply it, you’ll be several steps ahead.

  3. Sarah Sanders

    I love the connection to learning piece rather than the focus on the mastery – there are so many links to other areas of learning too. You can never know it all, so it is better to focus on learning something new each day. Thanks for the reminder to be open to the new and wonderful things happening out there – whether it be in the tech arena or not!

  4. Hey Pal,
    First, here’s to hoping that you are well and happy! Been awhile since I had time to stop by and comment.

    Second, you got this right: I always like to say that it’s the teaching geeks in the world that matter most, not the tech geeks. I don’t want to hire someone (or work with someone) who is passionate about technology. I want to hire someone who is passionate about teaching.

    Those aren’t the same thing. People forget that.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    PS: Our school is doing a book study of Innovator’s Mindset this year. I’m not sure if they realize that my images are in there or not yet. Should be fun to see what they do when they make that discovery.

  5. Hello George,
    Your point reveals an essential dimension of the digital sphere, as explained also by the French thinker Louise Merzeau: because digital is never mastered, it is essential to give up mastery claims. Objects and tools are not stabilized, they are constantly evolving. Indeed, this is difficult for education mediators and trainers who are used to being legitimized as experts. The fact is we must accept to teach others what one does not control oneself completely: it is a great epistemological revolution!

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