Today, it is not unheard of for schools to have access to many varied types of education technologies. Many public school systems are able to use interactive whiteboards, laptops, wireless slate devices, software, amplification systems, and document cameras to support learning for their students.
While having the ability to teach students about technology and its use is wonderful, general education teachers are being asked more regularly to teach the students about a myriad of technology items. What if the teachers know no more (or perhaps know less) than the students to which they are to be teaching? This could serve as a challenge for students and teachers.
Many states currently have, or are working on, putting technology standards into place at all public school levels. These standards serve an important purpose. While we want children to be able to learn about technology, making sure there is a scope and sequence is just as important. Teaching young elementary kids how to use a keyboard and mouse will be just as appropriate as instructing middle schoolers about online predators and internet safety. By having specific topics at each grade level that are developmentally right, teachers can make sure that there are no earning gaps for the children.
Having qualified staff to educate our children is also an important consideration. When the regular education teak her is asked to fulfill this role, he may not feel technology literate himself. If the instructor is from an older generation, she may be intimidated and not be able to accurately teach the subject if not trained properly. If districts are expecting teachers to introduce technology standards, they should also be prepared with additional staff development opportunities at every level for all to partake. It is only fair to the instructor and the students.
With so many new online etiquette rules, keeping up with the children becomes quite a task for anyone who works with them on a daily basis. Many times, students are more technologically advanced than the leader of the class. This poses a problem in many ways. Teachers must step up to the challenge of trying to stay one step ahead of the game by reading trade journals and asking technology directors within their district for the latest technology news. Being educated about trends will keep adults ready to approach this new learning avenue with confidence.