As I began to think about my attempt to gain sponsors for Glass, it made me think about an infographic (at the bottom of this post) that came my way a few months ago. I especially started to think about this when reflecting on something Jessy Irwin (@jessysaurusrex) said in response to my last post, Glass in the Classroom?. She said it’s important to get a tool like Glass into the hands of students who might never have access to it.
While I do not want to pretend that I was the first person to embrace technology in my district (far from it), I was one of the most highlighted, in terms of news stories and such. It was 2009 when I began to use the eBeam interactive whiteboard in my classroom and at the time there were just a few other teachers using any sort of interactive whiteboard. In fact, it was difficult to even secure an overhead projector (yes, with transparencies and the pens that dyed your hand for the rest of the day) in our school.
While I might debate some of the numbers in this infographic when comparing it to our district (though perhaps not when also comparing it to the district across the creek), I can completely agree with the last line, stating that 2 out of 3 teachers want more technology in their classroom. Although what they don’t say is that most teachers want it to be effective technology, not just any technology.
If we put enough Glass in a classroom for every student and the teacher, that might currently be a little overwhelming. In fact, even a class set of laptops can be overwhelming without the right training. Yes, I know the lines about “No student has ever said I can’t use this technology because I don’t have the training”, but how about the reaction you have once you learn how to use a program effectively and realize “I could have been using my time and this technology in a much more efficient way”?
All this to say… Yes, we need to put more technology into the hands of the students and teachers in the most struggling schools. But we also need to provide the coaching and technical support that will allow them to use the tools in more effective ways.
(By the way, small side note… after 2 out of 5 days of my Glass sponsorship campaign I’m at $510 with 5 donors. I have about $1000 to go before Friday afternoon if I’m going to be able to hold onto it.)
via OnlineUniversities.com and Allison Morris