Settling for Nothing

How teachers approach technology in schools?

Earlier this month, a retired colleague–after I helped her on a project–shared this intriguing point:

Years have gone by and still…integrating technology into the curriculum has not happened. I know why and so do you.

When I asked, “Why hasn’t it?,” she replied:

1998 – district wide one computer in science classrooms with internet connection. One person (me) to meet with all teachers (that did not want to meet with me).  

Skip forward to 2007 or 2008. Lots of stuff but …the school day is still as it was when I was in school in the early 1960’s, and teachers do not have the time or the teamwork to make anything happen.  

2014 – still the same. District wide NOW – a group of about 12 go to each campus to model for teachers and then leave (no backup after that).  


[My old district] has a tech two week session for teachers and they love it and learn so much but…they still must go back to the daily schedule of one conference period (and if they are lucky… no parent meeting, no staff meeting and God forbid no time to plan with their peers).  

I’ve been around long enough to know that what comes around just comes around with a different name and after all of those years I still see that many district administrators, principals and teachers only worry about testing.  

Is there an app for putting things off? It’s so frustrating to plan (and for districts to spend the money on so much “stuff”.) 

One other thing – most do not see the integration of technology into the school day as a seamless tool – they see it as a separate “another thing I have to do.” 

How would you respond to these points? Are you “settling for nothing?”

That’s the thing about “vintage” technology.  There’s something about the minimalism, about being forced to slow down, about the limitations of “old” tech that makes it valuable. When technology does less of the work for us, it can sometimes mean that we do more of the thinking ourselves. Source: John Spencer, Education Rethink

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