This tale’s been told before. Technology coordinators who are more concerned with disabling than enabling. Technology personnel that we would hope would be progressive, forward thinkers regarding digital technologies but instead are regressive gatekeepers. Teachers and administrators that try to move into the 21st century but run into the brick wall of supervisors or support personnel.
Superintendents that allow such situations to occur rather than insisting that their district figure out how to make it work (like other districts have). Educators that fail to understand that the world around them has changed and that their relevance to that world is diminishing daily.The answer is a resounding YES, ABSOLUTELY! You'd hope for changes since 2007, right? For fun, I asked a colleague--Mary Ray (@mray29)-- to brainstorm a list of NOs that have been converted into YESs:
- YES to GoogleApps for Education
- YES to encouraging students to bring their own technology to school
- YES to encouraging teachers to bring their own technology to school
- YES to allowing teachers to be administrators of district-owned technology assigned to them
- YES to Campus Facebook, Instagram accounts
- YES to Twitter for Professional Learning for Staff
- YES to streaming video vs "download it at home and then bring it to work"
- YES to creating virtual classroom spaces using Edmodo, Moodle, etc.
- YES to YouTube
- YES to Blogging as a tool for reflection and publication for students and staff
- YES to more bandwidth for schools
- YES to ubiquitous WiFi access
- YES to Face to Face AND online professional learning opportunities
- YES to District-hosted video streaming solution (e.g. PHPMotion)
- YES to using social media for instructional support during the day
One of the questions that came to mind after compiling this list was, what are we not allowing now but wish we could?
What I'm hoping to eliminate are those speed bumps and roadblocks. Some of the items my colleague came up with (single-handedly, I must say!) included:
- Personal vs professional pages...not sure if we want more separation or an improvement in professionalism on personal pages. I'm for the latter, myself.
- YouTube access for students
- Ample professional learning connected to district expectations and incentives
- Eliminate old expectations about tech in instructional and leadership settings.
I'm not sure these address what I was hoping for, so I'm throwing this out to you, faithful reader. What NOs in YOUR schools/districts would you like to see become "YES, THAT!" responses?
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