Thursday, September 25, 2008

Say It Ain't So Joe!

Have you ever read an article that really hits a chord of dissonance in your brain? You can't forget it. It is like a car wreck, you want to look away, but you can't. Well, today I read just such a post, written by Mr. Robbo, entitled Are You Engaging Your Children?

One of the poignant, yet (in some cases) true statements was the one I wanted to look away from the most,

I also find it funny that teachers will boast about being computer illiterate, thinking that it will absolve them of any responsibility for not including technology in their classes. I bet these same people would not admit being unable to read or write, but as we move into the future being computer illiterate will also become shameful and embarrassing. To put it simply, future schools will not employ those who don't use technology in their classes and even if they do, the students wont listen.

Are you computer illiterate? Do you need to move into the 21st Century? Is this video a metaphor for what technology looks in your class?

Your school, your community and your colleagues must step up to the plate and work with everyone to develop professional development opportunities to encourage the use of the fantastic tools of interactive online living.

Look for help wherever you can find it and make a "see change" in your professional practice.

Please insist that your school provide appropriate professional development, appropriate working technology and help you move into the 21st Century. You will enhance your professional skills, while your students will experience a quantum leap in their real world education in the 21st Century.


mrrobbo said...

Thanks for the mention in your blog. If only we could find a way to get others to take computer literacy seriously. Noone brags about being unable to read or write yet its becoming the same thing in a 21st century classroom

samccoy said...

mrrobo, your blog was riveting and timely. Time for everyone to get with the program, figuratively and literally. It is now longer acceptable for teachers to be computer illiterate.

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