Teacher Complains About Technology


I was reading my RSS Feeds when I came across this post from 43 Folders.

I also like to not re-invent the wheel as I have other things to do.

Source: Teacher’s Productivity Hampered by technology. No love. | 43 Folders

This to me shows a lack of understanding your students, the world around you and the need to grow with the newest developments in society. Why don’t we just go back to no calculators, typewriters, and the belief that the world is flat. I’m not sure if this teacher even knows what his students do in their spare time or what technology they use on a daily basis. It’s the digital age, you need to grow with the target audience. You need to learn how to grab their interest, which is best done with the technology that the kids are using and are best suited too. Not what you as a teacher are comfortable with.

Not only that, but moving to the new technology will in the long run make a teachers job easier. So you have to spend a little time an effort to make the change now, but you will make it up in saved time and better student participation and achievement. If you are not willing to grow, you are going to rot. Leaders take chances, leaders are on the bleeding edge of technology, leaders see the goal and grab for it with both hands.

The teacher in afore mentioned article has none of these character traits that I can see. Another Dinosaur that will freeze and become a fossil because he could or wouldn’t adapt, add to or change his teaching style. He already has enough to do and thinks that the wheel, US education, is fine as is. I hate to bring it up, but the US is one of the worst countries in education. It won’t get any better while we have teachers that think this way.

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2 thoughts on “Teacher Complains About Technology

  1. *jaw drops*

    Wow.

    Did you read the post? Did you even see that I was asking for help as to how I can more efficiently post my teacher notes to the web? A service that most teachers don’t do on the HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL? When my own district is blocking ftp access to my website? Did you even read how I use technology in my classroom, or any of my responses to the comments?

    Btw, I am an engineer. How am I a fossil? I use all my technology knowledge to get these kids in math. I use calculators, projects in the community, I get engineers to come and talk to my students.

    Why am I defending myself to you? You took a single line out of a paragraph. So, here are the paragraphs.

    “Background: I am a math teacher. High School Math Teacher. I am a engineer. I like elegance. I like usability. I like duct tape. I like being able to come up with my own solutions. I also like to not re-invent the wheel as I have other things to do. Lesson Plans, Grades, Re-takes, filing, parent meetings, staff meetings, continual professional development, making worksheets, tests, learning guides, and that secret side of a teacher called a dating life.

    I use macs. I use PCs. I use unix/linux. But my preferred choice is the mac. Why? Because I have one at work and one at home. I was raised on it and unix. I lived in a house that lived by the Customer Calendar (Advertising), so I know products from Adobe and Quark. I like pretty buttons. I am a computer engineer, so I know how the things work. I know I can program my own stuff, but again… I don’t like re-inventing the wheel.”

    Clearly, I have no desire to make students want to succeed. Or at least, in your eyes. By the way, I found your post through Del.icio.us.

    You might want to read the comments left behind, because I got a lot of help. You weren’t one of them.

    http://www.43folders.com/forum/2008/01/27/teachers-productivity-hampered-technology-no-love

  2. Yep, I read the whole thing.

    You should want to make the students succeed. It’s the job of a teacher to get the most out of their students. If you don’t think that’s your job, fine, but that’s what it is here in our district. I don’t see anything out of the ordinary in anything you wrote that you do during the day. Our staff does that and more and they integrate the Next Generation Technology of Activboards into their training. They have found that moving forward, doing things differently is how we make progress, how we make our students better people.

    To me you just want to stay the course.

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