The other day, I posted a list of my very first workshops as The Landmark Project (1996), and commented how most of the topics are still among my topics today — evolved, but the concepts are still there.
Chris, at K12 Station commented:
I started training teachers to integrate the web into their classrooms in 1999 â€¦ no surprises here in the area of â€œthe more things change, the more they stay the same.â€ The thing that amazes me is that most teachers use computers for attendance and email with almost no problems whatsoever â€¦ but many of those same folks still donâ€™t have an adequate grasp of the key concepts required to deliver online content within instruction.
Chris, I have always held that teachers (and everyone else) will use technology that solves a problem for them. Teachers do not really see delivering content as a problem. it’s what they were trained to do. It’s what they’ve done for years. There’s no problem there, from their perspective.
However, the problem that they do not yet perceive is that our children DO NOT CONNECT TO LECTURES AND STALE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS. They live in a rich, dynamic, and interactive information landscape. If teachers are paying attenntion to this, then they will see a problem and will, as good teachers, try to fix it. That’s when they’ll start “getting” technology.
It will happen when they realize that it isn’t about technology, but about a new information landscape and that only from digital, networked, and overwhelming information will we be able to adequately teach our children.
Blue, Paradox. “Teacher.” Paradox Blue’s Photostream. 3 July 2005. 20 Sep 2006 <http://flickr.com/photos/drkoontz/23304394/>.
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