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In an uncharacteristically ornery mood, Bill Ferriter says he's fed up with teachers who say the they don't have time to incorporate technology into their instruction. He's having none of it. If teachers want to shed their reputation as "whiners," he writes:

"we simply must stop shooting down every suggestion and find the capacity within our ranks to improve our own conditions. We're not as helpless as we like others to think that we are."

And yet he admits that administrators and policymakers are at least partly to blame because, well, in fact, most teachers don't have enough non-instruction to learn new tools. Nor do schools give teachers adequate professional development in digital technology.

In any case, he says, the use of technology in teaching is far too important to be dismissed as a "luxury" for somebody else to worry about:

Mastery in the 21st century is primarily about learning to use technology to retrieve, evaluate, synthesize and manage information--and (more importantly) to network with other learners. "Digitally prepared children" will know how to use web-based tools to create, communicate and collaborate around areas of personal and professional interest. They will be creators--rather than simply consumers--of information.
It's simply impossible for teachers who have little personal experience with technology to effectively prepare children for this reality.

Buy that man an iPhone.

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Technology changes constantly. So what? It is still necessary to keep up. We are teachers after all. Please let us not sound like our students claiming they are learning too much too fast. Thanks.

Technology is very important in our classrooms, because it gives our student a view/ perception about things that we are teaching when we cannot clearly explain the concept. Technology in the school might make a bit difficult for teachers to keep up, but I agree that we are teachers therefore we must constantly learn to keep up and show are students that we are forever students in this world, and they are not the only ones that have homework, because studying and learning about technology forever changing ways is homework itself.

For crying out loud - we're in the business of education and we're whining about having to learn???? Who on Earth do these teachers think they are? I opted to teach through my planning period this year (for pay of course, don't get upset on my behalf) and I still have time to take a class on blogging so I can use it with my students and incorporate Chalkboard into my classroom. It never fails to surprise me the number of new teachers fresh out of college who are techno-challenged. Didn't they grow up with technology?

I agree with Jen. Students that are coming straight out of college should be the ones implementing the technology into their classrooms. We should be the ones who want to try new things with our students to make them want to learn in a new and exciting way. I know students get tired of the same old lecture and worksheets, because I do and I would want someone if I was a student that was atleast trying to find new ways to present information to me.

As a new graduate, I whole-heartedly agree that educaiton needs to bring itself into the 21st century. Using technology to teach is just one way to incorporate...there are so many more. To me, any teacher who complains about having to use tech. in their teaching really needs to take a step back and get a good look at the kids in their class...who all happen to be techno-savvy these days. Teachers in the 21st century have to 'compete' with all the techno-devices that kids have at their fingertips to ensure learning and success for their class.

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