Teaching with technology

teachnologyThere is nothing magical about teaching with technology. ICT raises the bar in terms of classroom organisation. At any given time you can have 30 students with 60 devices because they will have their school approved device and a mobile phone. You are managing content delivery, content access, responsible use , behaviour and engagement all at once. Somewhere in there you are also meeting performance guidelines and criteria for yourself and your students.  Teaching is now complex but it is far more enjoyable and certainly more dynamic because we have technology. You haul as a team in a classroom. To be a teacher in a technology classroom you have to be supremely confident, calm, cheerful and alert. You apply yourself to learning the devices any school has offered you and you allow yourself to be open to incoming information all the time. You are a connected teacher who can make your job easier if you plan it right. You can be given instruction and training. You can access that yourself too. You can arrange your social network feeds to come up with ideas and information for you. You can go on YouTube and look up whatever it is you cannot do. You need a babbling brook of information input and you need to be in collaborative mode all the time so that any block, hiccough or implementation dip is smoothed over quickly. You need the work arounds, the feedback, the capacity to be learning 24/7. You need solid, reliable file back up. You need to be thinking in terms of sharing and improving. I have made a list of what I think makes a successful teachnologist. It doesn’t just happen. You have to think about it the same as you do when you are learning to drive a car and then being a driver. If the car is locked in the garage, you won’t be going anywhere.

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