Tuesday Night Gripe

Perhaps it's because my sinuses are playing up and my sleep patterns have not been the best. But I'm finding that I have less and less patience with teachers who've been given opportunities with school supplied laptops, IWBs, data projectors, PD sessions, hand holding, screenshot handouts - and all they can do is tell me about what they are going to do next year with technology in their classroom.

I'm sick of hearing promises of change. Tell me how all that stuff is impacting your practice now and how that investment of scarce school funds is invaluable to your students' learning. And don't give me that spiel about equity - because giving every classroom equal access to certain technology tools does not guarantee that the teacher will use them in equal ways. 

I want people telling me about how indispensible that laptop/projector/IWB/whatever is already to their teaching and their students' learning before I'm faced with the choice of deciding where that piece of tech will make the most difference. 

OK, let's hope the Nasonex works better tonight...

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4 thoughts on “Tuesday Night Gripe

  1. southozsue

    After over 10 years doing IT PD ….some things never change….SOME teachers want the IT staff in their schools to wave a magic wand…and presto…..they have the same knowledge and skills. Unfortunately we got ours by sitting down and working it out…having a dud lesson or two but gave it a go.
    Being in the same boat I encourage babysteps….
    meanwhile take drugs Graham…or in my case…eat chocolate!!!!!

  2. Kobus van Wyk

    I an absolutely with you on this topic – over the past two years I have consistently blogged about my frustration with the under-utilization of technology by teachers. Let’s find a solution!

  3. Tim Florian

    I loved the blog. It inspired me to add a note to my own blog about the need to change how we think about technology. Next year is hear and now. We cannot wait any longer to use technology in our classes. I am new to your blog, but I like what I am reading! Keep it up!


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