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Sherry Technically Speaking, a former computer teacher, wants to integrate high-tech resources into her classroom, but her technologically-impaired school is not making it easy. Sherry, who now teaches English and social studies, fights with insufficient space on her hard drive, a lack of computers, and a Web filter that blocks her every move:

I switched teaching positions so that I could lead by example and show teachers how to integrate technology into the curriculum. Fat chance! My hands are tied.

In response to Sherry’s cry for help, fellow blogger and educator Carolyn Foote writes:

Make a proposal, a list, ask if the administrators could meet with a group of teachers from different departments, and share your concerns. Share some of the fabulous things your students could do if they had access and storage.
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I tried your suggestions, though I was asked to follow the SCHOOL PROCEDURES and do what the others do, "Try not to shake the status quo". Finally I was advised to lower my expectations because parents might complain, and teachers would too. It was then when I decided to leave the teaching profession, after 15 years of successful students and high scores, I did a couple of weeks ago, I resigned for lack of support. I have been battling this high standards and my passion for Technology Integrated curriculum and Project Based Learning, seems like my county is not ready for it and I am in a different dimension. Hope this eventually changes, since the students are the ones paying the price. I am now looking for a JOB IN ANOTHER FIELDS.

I find this debate interesting seeing that I am currently studying to become a teacher in Michigan. Ironically I’m taking a class that is centered around technology and education, but I guess I could never see myself leaving the profession (assuming I get into it first) because of a lack of technological support. Becoming a teacher for me is a chance to help kids learn the skills they need to be successful in the real world. And at least in my eyes, sometimes the real world isn't fair. I.E. no support from school/parents, no funds for computers/technology. But this doesn't mean that we should leave the profession, this just means we should make an effort to do what we can, with what we have. And for what we don't have, we need to attempt to think outside the box and find new ways to integrate technology into our classrooms.

I would like to write a grant to purchase technology equipment for my classroom. Any good suggestions? Thanks.

I would like to write a grant to purchase technology equipment for my classroom. Any good suggestions? Thanks.

I would like to write a grant to purchase technology equipment for my classroom. Any good suggestions? Thanks.

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