The #1 Quote of ISTE 2010 & The Best #ISTE10 Tweets where I have 3), I am still receiving feedback from professionals all over! Say what? 140 characters just aren't enough to adequately convey what I was thinking at the time (#1 question) and what context it was done in (#2) SO without further ado, I'll attempt to address the assumptions and inquiries I've received thus far below:
I sent this during a conversation about the misconceptions people have concerning the integration of technologies such as interactive whiteboards into the classroom and just expecting student learning and achievement to automatically improve. If the teacher does not know HOW to use that technology in the best way possible for their students, then it is of little to no use. It’s just a board. Too many times, and for various reasons that are out of our control (no PD position, lack of $$$) new technologies are integrated into a classroom but it's up to the teacher to learn how to use them. Yes, students can help in that process but if the teacher is not able to be trained on best practices, the technologies' full potential is severely handicapped. The whole point of the tweet was that we need to focus on teachers and how they use technology as much as the technology itself and what it can do. What type of technology is not the issue here (I've been informed several times that there are many items that are considered technology that aren't digital in nature), what matters is how it's used.
Hmmm...interesting.....all this writing has raised a new question. Is that how this blogging thing works? Wait, that's not the question I was talking about. I was wondering "Now What?" If teacher-training is an issue (which it always seems to be no matter what your situation) then what are other ways we can deliver the information needed in order to fully utilize technology in the classroom? I think this is the point where I see if I get any comments now? I have several ideas and things I've done, but would love to hear from others out there in the field!
Have at it?