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Technology and Teachers

An introductory presentation to reassure teachers to take a risk and try using technology in their teaching--it won't replace the teacher.

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Technology and Teachers

  1. 1. Technology and Teachers It’s always good to keep a sense of humor! Shared learning by Peggy George
  2. 2. The students are ready for technology. ARE WE?
  3. 5. There’s always something new to learn! http://www. google .com Find these cartoons online by searching with the keywords “ computer cartoons”. http://server3002. freeyellow . com/freeken/cartoon/cartoons .htm Retrieved 7/17/2004 Tiny URL:
  4. 6. But…. there’s always a way to learn it!
  5. 7. The ways we communicate are changing.
  6. 8. The ways we teach are changing! http://www. borg .com/~ rjgtoons /images/ed5.gif
  7. 9. Learning takes time. Be patient with yourself.
  8. 10. It’s best not to try to learn to use new technology when you’re trying to meet a deadline :-) A computer’s efficiency decreases as the urgency of retrieval increases.
  9. 11. The Teacher is the Difference by Bill Page ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are many factors that can make a difference in student achievement, but: The TEACHER is the difference
  10. 12. <ul><li>Textbooks don't teach kids </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators don't teach kids </li></ul><ul><li>Rules don't teach kids </li></ul><ul><li>Tests don't teach kids </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Block schedules don't teach kids </li></ul><ul><li>State Departments of Education </li></ul><ul><li>don't teach kids </li></ul><ul><li>Support staffs don't teach kids </li></ul><ul><li>Politicians don't teach kids </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>TEACHERS DON'T GET TO CHOOSE : </li></ul><ul><li>Their working conditions, </li></ul><ul><li>rooms, or materials </li></ul><ul><li>Their students or their schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Their administrators or </li></ul><ul><li>their colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Their class loads, schedules </li></ul><ul><li>or student-teacher ratio. </li></ul>
  13. 15. Teachers don’t make a difference; THEY ARE THE DIFFERENCE in kids’ learning.
  14. 16. <ul><li>Kids don't know anything about </li></ul><ul><li>school reform </li></ul><ul><li>high stakes testing </li></ul><ul><li>inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>site-based management or </li></ul><ul><li>assessment-driven curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>-- they just come to school. </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>They have good days and bad days. Some days they learn a lot. </li></ul><ul><li>Some days seem to be a waste of   time. </li></ul><ul><li>Whether they learn a little or a lot </li></ul><ul><li>depends on what their teacher </li></ul><ul><li>decides to do. </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>TEACHERS TEACH KIDS. </li></ul><ul><li>THEY DO IT BY: </li></ul><ul><li>Their minute to minute decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Their communication skills and   knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>They can provide motivation. </li></ul><ul><li>They can make a kid feel competent and   confident. </li></ul><ul><li>They can provide interest and </li></ul><ul><li>   offer  opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>They can facilitate a kid's learning. </li></ul>
  18. 20. Technology will NEVER replace teachers! However, it is a GREAT tool to enhance our teaching and our students’ learning.