Friday, May 01, 2009

No time for Tech Illiterate Teachers...

I read the following Fischbowl post several years ago and it got my blood moving. The author, Karl Fisch lays it on the line. This post was voted the most influential ed-blog post of 2007.

  • It's 2009 already and Karl's 'semi-rant' blog post remains a very relevant piece of work. This is a must read for anyone interested in online teaching and learning!

  • This post is based on an annotated bookmark that was auto forwarded from Diigo where I've been working intensely with their great social bookmarking tools. You can see more of my Diigo work, and get a sense of the potential for this great tool by clicking the Diigo links below.

  • Let me add, that if you're reading this blog... you're at the front of the line and obviously working to understand and live in the 21st Century!)

    • Here is my list:

      1. All educators must achieve a basic level of technological capability.

      2. People who do not meet the criterion of #1 should be embarrassed, not proud, to say so in public.

      3. We should finally drop the myth of digital natives and digital immigrants. Back in July 2006 I said in my blog, in the context of issuing guidance to parents about e-safety:

      "I'm sorry, but I don't go for all this digital natives and immigrants stuff when it comes to this: I don't know anything about the internal combustion engine, but I know it's pretty dangerous to wander about on the road, so I've learnt to handle myself safely when I need to get from one side of the road to the other."
    • 4. Headteachers and Principals who have staff who are technologically-illiterate should be held to account.

      5. School inspectors who are technologically illiterate should be encouraged to find alternative employment.

      6. Schools, Universities and Teacher training courses who turn out students who are technologically illiterate should have their right to a licence and/or funding questioned.

      7. We should stop being so nice. After all, we've got our qualifications and jobs, and we don't have the moral right to sit placidly on the sidelines whilst some educators are potentially jeopardising the chances of our youngsters.
    • If a teacher today is not technologically literate - and is unwilling to make the effort to learn more - it's equivalent to a teacher 30 years ago who didn't know how to read and write.

      Extreme? Maybe. Your thoughts?
    • Keep in mind that was written after a particularly frustrating day. I’ve gone back and forth on this issue myself. At times completely agreeing with Terry (and myself above), and at other times stepping back and saying that there’s so much on teacher’s plates that it’s unrealistic to expect them to take this on as quickly as I’d like them to. But then I think of our students, and the fact that they don't much care how much is on our plates. As I've said before, this is the only four years these students will have at our high school - they can't wait for us to figure it out.
    • In order to teach it, we have to do it. How can we teach this to kids, how can we model it, if we aren’t literate ourselves? You need to experience this, you need to explore right along with your students. You need to experience the tools they’ll be using in the 21st century, developing your own networks in parallel with your students. You need to demonstrate continual learning, lifelong learning – for your students, or you will continue to teach your students how to be successful in an age that no longer exists
    • If a teacher today is not technologically literate - and is unwilling to make the effort to learn more - it's equivalent to a teacher 30 years ago who didn't know how to read and write.

Diigo tags: e-learning, professional-development, technology integration, 21cif, information fluency


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