Every time I talk to certain teachers about using technology the response I usually get is "I'm not good with computers" or "I'm not tech savvy." It is very frustrating to me, because when they say that, I hear, "I don't really care to try." When I first started using computers, I wasn't very tech savvy either. Anyone who is just starting out isn't going to be very tech savvy, but we have to start somewhere. Getting teachers to use technology is always an issue that comes up in school and there haven't been a lot of answers to how to change that. I have an idea that I am going to try out and see how it goes. It may be a complete failure or it could a huge success, but I won't know until I try it out!
Instead of fighting with teachers about using technology, I'm going to go about it a little backwards! I am going to start pulling students and teaching them how to use different technology. I know it will be easy to get the students interested in using technology, because most of them already use these things at home. Once I get the students excited about educational technology and they are able to use the technology that I have showed them, I will have them introduce it to their teachers. If the students start showing the teachers how well they can use the technology and what it is doing for them, I am hoping that it will kind of force the teacher to start using the technology. It is going to take some time to introduce this plan and get it to truly work, but any way that I can change the way teachers think about using technology is going to help!
-Ermel Elementary/Aldine ISD
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