Why Aren’t YOU Using Technology? #oklaed #elaok #edtech

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While some teachers naturally gravitate to technology, others are a little more leery. OK, some are a LOT more leery of adopting these newfangled devices. While teachers have been successfully guiding their charges for centuries without the latest gadgets (unless you count the abacus for the Mesopotamians) increasing relevancy and meeting students where they are can make teaching easier.

Check out the article below and let's talk about which one(s) are you. What needs to happen to help you get past this road block?

Source: 11 Reasons Teachers Aren't Using Technology #edchat #edtech | John Spencer

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

  1. reason #12 — Sometimes technology can’t improve a lesson…there were times I couldn’t make the tech do what I needed done. I used it as a tool for us to understand the lesson at hand. Does that even make sense?

    1. That absolutely makes sense. For two years, and in two separate rooms, I had Smart boards that would not last through the day. We would be in the middle of a lesson in fourth or fifth hour and the board would just shut down and then take 5 to 20 minutes to reboot. It ended up causing more trouble than it was worth. So ended up not even bothering to use them.

      I also think that the drafting phase of the writing process should be done quietly, independently, and on paper. The greatest technology ever developed for drafting (at least in class) is the pencil. Even as a writer, I sometimes have to just pull out a notebook and start scribbling away to get my thoughts out of my head. We shouldn’t use computers or other tech just because we can.

      The technology should enhance the process, not be the process.

      Thank you!

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