When I talk to people involved in education, from technitians to principals and software developers I hear a similar story about the state of tech integration in schools. They all say the same thing – there is a HUGE chasm between the schools that are embracing the digital movement and those that aren’t.
I think the chasm is also happening within schools as well as between them. Some teachers are providing their classes with fantastic opportunities to explore and create with digital tools while others have technology that’s gathering dust – and they’re concerned.
There are a lot of reasons why this is happening. One of the main reasons is that many of us are not ready to make the transition from being the ‘teacher expert’ to the ‘teacher learner’. So what is the difference? Here’s my take.
This transition isn’t easy. It means that I often find myself in situations where I’m asking my students for help. I’ll often admit that I don’t know what to do – but let’s try and work it out together!
I think that it’s this approach, the teacher as a learner attitude, that encourages us to adopt new technologies in our classrooms and schools. I have quite a lot of experience, now, with blogs and 3rd party applications. I know very little, however, about ipod touches and how to make apps for them but I’m really keen to get some for our class!
My challenge to all of us is to risk being the student in the eyes of your class. What kinds of new technology have you been a learner with this year?
Are we ready to take off our expert hat?
(Image posted under C.C. from Al Hikes AZ, Cartoon – http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2010/10/12/)