Friday, December 7, 2012

Students Should Not Be The Priority

Yes, the title of this post may seem a bit harsh and bold, but hopefully you'll understand where I'm coming from after you read this. Most everyone would agree that students are better at using technology than their teachers. Students know how to search for videos on YouTube, blog, create photo albums to share, Tweet, etc before many teachers even knew what those words even meant. It's safe to save that today's learners have had technology in their lives since the day they were born. Most teachers have not.

Students process information differently than teachers, because they get information differently than teachers. The internet allows anyone to get the information they are looking for wherever and whenever they want. With that said, students don't need teachers as a source of knowledge in the same way they did years ago. You don't need to remember facts or data anymore; before cell phones, I am sure most of us could remember a dozen telephone numbers. I'm not sure that is totally the case today.

Information is just a "search" away. Things need to change in education to help embrace and utilize the current state of information.  Professional development for instructors has not kept pace with the advances of technology and new ways of learning. There is a gap between teachers and students. I'm not sure how large that gap is but it seems to be getting smaller, but not fast enough.

The need to improve the technological skills of teachers and to assist them in understanding how digital tools can be used during instruction should be the priority of every district administration and state level officials.

So the priority when it comes to education and technology should be placed on the teacher. It will take time, but it's happening. If there is anything you can do, take every opportunity to train our teachers so that our next generation succeed.

2 comments:

  1. So true. Schools are rushing to integrate technology into their schools without thinking about how it will be used. Before any technology is added, it is important to take time to understand how it will be used and ensure that each teacher is comfortable using it. Unless educators are comfortable with the technology they are expected to use in the classroom, students will never get the full benefit the technology could provide.

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  2. Completely agree Megan!! Let's hope enough administrators and teachers realize this so that things can change for the better.

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