6/8/2015 12:26:40 am
I understand how you feel when it comes to your colleagues. My school has undergone an entire change this year. Almost every class has 1:1 devices for all our students and we are being pushed by our administrators to use technology in any and every lesson in new and creative ways. We are even given paid time outside the classroom to collaborate and discuss how we can use technology. There are definitely some teachers who are not embracing this new development, but they are coming around because at this point there's so much that is required online that they are forced to adapt. I think this will happen with your site, eventually. Maybe this can be something you use in your proposal for the EDL600 class. Some PD for the staff and give them motivation to accept the changes. Our district offers digital badges to people who can accomplish certain tasks online and you get paid for it. That might be helpful for your staff. It isn't something you can do alone, although I'm sure you are doing a great job. It will have to probably come from administration. Good luck, though! They're going to be so thankful to have you around when they finally accept the changes.
6/8/2015 07:50:32 am
I completely agree that it cannot only be one person per school site who is implementing technology in the classroom. At my school site, iPads are checked out to students for classroom use and they are not being systematically used on campus in the classroom. Although I and several other teachers on campus have all of our curriculum online, it would be much easier if all teachers took advantage of the technology students have at their disposal. My school definitely needs more PD for implementation of lesson plans via iPads and I believe our new principal does see this need and will hopefully strive to achieve the systematic use of technology within our school.
6/8/2015 01:22:06 pm
I agree with you that it can be frustrating when you see all the resources that you have and your colleges don't use it to its full advantages. Your point that it needs to be more than one person, is so true and it is sad that some people don't realize how much students can benefit from the staff all helping each other and learning from each other that it then in return helps the students.
6/11/2015 09:41:18 pm
Natalie I agree wholeheartedly that being a minority on campus that embraces technology is frustrating. I see this program as a step forward in helping bridge the gap and create solutions to help those 'others' embrace technology. I am looking forward to watching how you tackle this problem of incorporating these hesitant teachers into using technology to teach. Since you have been a teacher at my campus I know you understand my situation that my own school district is in the dark ages. I applaud how much support you have from your district and frankly am envious. I see and hear what is possible using technology but if I was to give an accounting of technology based learning in my own classroom I would fail miserably because without the infrastructure to support online learning can't take place.
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