As I write this post, I would like to start with the premise that this will not be the only post I intend to write about Edtech PD. Im new to this field and I would appreciate feedback as I am running in to some roadblocks as I try to help educators integrate Edtech in a meaningful way.
But before I even get into the Nitty Gritty, I want to start with an intro which I think most of us who are helping teachers can relate:
I have been teaching high school students with the utilization of web 2.0 tools for about a year now (with major success) as well as flipping some of my classes. My principal took notice and asked if I would be willing to coach other teachers with these tools too. I accepted and prepared for the 2012-2013 year with much enthusiasm. My school sent me to ISTE 2012 and this helped me become familiar with what other school districts are currently using in their classrooms. I spent most of the summer preparing material and tutorials as well as a Prezi which I used to introduce Edtech to the teachers during our first faculty meeting.
The presentation was a success, and the teachers were enthusiastic to start learning about these new tools to use in their classroom. I setup meetings with individual teachers (always 1 to 1), and I was pretty much busy most of the day meeting and helping them integrate Edtech.
But here is when I reached a little (personal) snag.
You see I believe that the purpose of teaching with technology is twofold:
1) You are speaking the child's language! Our kids are used to reading from a kindle as opposed to a book; Typing instead of writing; Searching the internet as opposed to an encyclopedia etc.
(but more importantly)
2) Our kids cannot succeed with the current structure our school system is based on; sage on the stage as opposed to the guide on the side!
Im not getting into the flipped classroom argument (although I do utilize it often) but its the concept that we are killing our students by forcing them to learn in a strict, one size fits all, lecture only (or majority) environment!
And it’s the second premise I'm having trouble getting across. They look at Edtech as a tool that kids are more comfortable with (i.e. # 1) but are not able to take it to the next level.
For me as an educator I started with the second premise first and I believe that why I was so successful in integrating technology. Most of my teachers are not doing that, and as a result, I believe, they will eventually throw these new tools away because at the end of the day why should a teacher try using things that their not used to using. It might be cool, but in their eyes not necessarily worthwhile. Pure lecturing is just so much easier!
So what do you think?