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I agree. Yeah Go Keppel!!!!
In my classroom I semi functioning computer, that is at least 10 years old. the newest operating system it has is windows 95 for mac. Last week I tried sending something to myself and I couldn't even open my hotmail because of our out dated software. I have created many different worksheets on this old hunk of junk and I couldn't even email them to myself because our software is so old!!! I spent the better part of my evenings last week recreating worksheets because I cant print at school, the printers are even archaic.
Funny thins is my partner teacher still has some old apple II's our district bought eons ago that operate only on flopy disks. Oddly enough they are more reliable than our "newer" macs.
Technology is a very important aspect of education, however our school does not have the adequate technoly nor do we have the proper training to use what we already have.
My concern with technology would be the quality of the information found online. However, with some advance 'footwork' of your own, along with stringent recording requirements for sources, you can help the student determine whether their information is from a reliable source. This is also an important lesson for them to learn for research in college and beyond.
My school has loads of technology - every teacher has a laptop and nearly every classroom has a Smartboard. We have one computer lab and two mobile labs as well as several computers in each classroom.
However, I don't know that we are tech savvy. Having the tools does not mean that teachers use them or use them well. Many teachers do. But there are classrooms with plenty of technology that never gets used.
As an example, some of the best classroom technologies are Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis, podcasts, and blogs. All you need is internet access and a web browser to use them. The problem is, teachers have not been trained to use them. It doesn't always take a lot of money to utilize technology in classrooms.
I cannot agree with you more. Those who have ordered some tech items from their budget have it for use while most of the staff waits their turn for possible use of items which administration keeps under wraps. It is pointless to prepare lessons using technology if you cannot be sure it will be available when needed.
I would like to see the proper time for training for the technology we do have. So much can be done but they want us to pay out of our own pockets for classes OR they give us very limited knowledge to us. It is like spinning your feet like Fred Flintstone with too many people in the car! No Child Left Behind from the Federal Govn. wants the bestgrades, best student achievement and "demands" it but provides no $ technology to the schools. It is a trickle down type of situation.
I think the question posed misses the point. The more relevant questions might be, "To what extent is the available technology in your school used to increase student achievement?", or, "Is professional development in your school adequate to enable the productive use of the available technology?" I have seen schools with little technology do better things with it than other schools with more technology. Unfortunately, the promise of technology often goes unfulfilled as we get caught up in the question of "how much" technology we have.
When I saw the question "How tech savvy is your school?" I immediately thought that the question was oriented toward what my colleagues know or how adept we are at using technology rather than what my school owns in terms of equipment. How surprised was I to see the three answers comprised of inventory-related ideas.
So I'll answer the question like this:
We have a lot of equipment, but the degree of comfort with it varies by person. Sometimes it varies greatly -- like the faculty who won't even use email -- to those who lobbied and got 5 smartboards installed. We have faculty who can produce incredible movies and online class projects but don't understand about copyright law (and thus tend to use our technology without restraint). Then there are those of us somewhere in the middle who use technology all day long, are dependent on them and their gifts, but still need occasional help.
I put the question back to you out there: what do you mean by "tech savvy"?