Jill Weber is a middle school social studies teacher in Cheney, Kansas. She’s the latest member of the KCSS board and writes at A View of the Web. Pasted below is one of her recent posts.
In my preparation classes to become a teacher, technology was a factor. I learned how to set up a website, how to save to a flash drive or floppy disk, and came up with ideas for lessons that incorporate technology for students to use.
I use none of that in the way it was intended. Everything has changed.
Technology has been a part of my teaching career each one of my 10 years. Although, I never would have guessed how fast and drastic the changes in technology has occurred in the last three years. The lengths that technology has advanced in education have shocked me, and I’ve still got a good 20 years left.
In the 10 years I’ve been working as a teacher, I have found myself on both end of the technology spectrum. I have been completely lost and not excited about new changes while relying on someone else to help me or teach me the new tech. More recently I have found that my role with technology in school has evolved to more of a leader/instructor on incorporating tech in the classroom. Never would I have thought 10 years ago that I would have an elective class that focused on using technology to broadcast various media projects created by 7th and 8th grade students.
But here I am.
Over the years, and throughout my role with technology I have found myself muttering “I wish they knew . . . “ When I struggled with technology there were things I just really wanted those who “got it” to know about me and my journey, why it was a struggle, or what caused my hesitation. Now that I’m more of a teacher in the area, I find I have a whole new set of wishes for the “other side.”
This post is not meant to point out one side as being “better” than the other. More to raise awareness for all of the teachers behind the front lines. Those of us who are expected to incorporate the vastly different technology that is placed in the hands of the students in our rooms.
I have reached out to other teachers in my district and PLN for the “wishes” they have. These come from teachers of all disciplines, ages, subjects, and technology levels.
To the “tech savvy” teacher. Here’s what those who struggle with technology wish YOU knew:
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