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That boat has sailed!

As I finished a phone call with one of the teachers I support in my role as a technology integration specialist, I became despondent.

I had received an email from this teacher asking for help in changing a single setting in an application they were using in their classroom. Not knowing the answer myself, I copied the question (verbatim) from their email, pasted it into the Google search bar and pressed enter. The first result returned by the search linked directly to a downloadable .PDF file that gave explicit step-by-step instructions on how to change the setting. I copied the link to the .PDF file into the return email and pressed send. Two more emails and a phone call later the teacher had finally managed to change the setting and I was beginning to wonder.

In this day and age, in this profession, this sort of support should not be needed for a teacher. In this day and age teachers should be able to do this sort of learning themselves! This is the sort of learning teachers should be modeling to their students, expecting of their students and commending their students for being successful at.

The days of saying, “I’m no good with technology” are gone. That boat has sailed.

One Response to That boat has sailed!

  1. Hi Bruce

    I know I’m coming to this a year after you’ve written it, but it rings so clearly with me I wanted to comment.

    The incident you relate is so familiar to me, too familiar, and I feel exactly like you, wondering why I have to press the search button for my colleagues so often. At every opportunity I model my own practice in finding answers to these questions for my teaching colleagues, but in most cases it is wasted, they just want the answer and will come back to me the next time they need help. However, I am buoyed by the occasional breakthrough when a teacher reports to me later how they managed to solve their own problem – but unfortuinately those are still rather rare.

    I have also set up an online community space where I can model to a greater audience and in the hope that eventually teachers will help each other, but I realise it’s going to be a long time before I see real results. Have you managed to get a community thing happening successfully?

    Lesley (you might remember me from USQ)

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