K12

Posted on December 10, 2007. Filed under: edublog, educational |

When I listened to one of the K12 conference speakers he spoke about computers in the school and how to implement them.  One of the things he mentioned really interested me.  He talked about how you shouldn’t give out the same “amount” of computers to each teacher and classroom.  At first I thought this sounded unfair, but he explained it well.  He said in the school district he works for, he needs a small written letter explaining what the teacher wants to use the technology for.  If this teacher wants a new computer so he/she can check their email and put together a powerpoint for their class, it’s not being fair to the teachers who are going to use the technology for bigger and better things like blogging, “Google Reader,” online collaboration, video tools, voicethreads etc.  Also, his job is to hold the teachers accountable.  I think this is equally as important.  A teacher might have good intentions to use those types of tools in the classroom, but never give it the time, and the technology could go to waste.  This podcast just interested me because he was coming from the other side of the wall.  He was the one that allocated where the computers go, who used them, and if they used them.  I am on the other side.  I am the ambitious teacher with dreams to use all sorts of technology in the classroom as long as I have the means to do so.

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