Thursday, October 06, 2005

Fear

Why do we let fear keep us from trying new technology? What are we really afraid of? Do we think the machine will blow up if we press a wrong button? Do we think it will take up all of our time?

If time is the issue (learning new technology, software, etc.), then how do fix that? I can do a lot of things as a technology facilitator but I can not add one more hour to the day. How can we squeeze in time to learn one more new program, update our web pages, blog, create dynamic, interactive, multimedia presentations? *gasping for breath*

We know technology can be fun and look cool but how do we make time to learn how to use it and then use it? Any thoughts out there in the wild blue yonder?

4 Comments:

At 7:57 AM, October 09, 2005, Anonymous Joe Poletti said...

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At 8:01 AM, October 09, 2005, Anonymous JP said...

Your post has me thinking. And it meshes with a phone conversation I had last week with a media coordinator. There is no doubt of the time constraints on teachers...on us all. And lack of time only makes it harder for anyone to explore new directions.

So, what if curriculum support personnel (media coordinators and tech facilitators) market their roles as "time and experitise extenders"? If we collaborate with teachers in the planning, implementation, and assessment of instruction--then our time and expertise are given to the teacher and the students. Seems like a win-win-win deal.

Our biggest challenge is that we are often seen as being tech support first and foremost. Is moving away from that perception easier said than done?

BTW, are you reading "Loud Librarian" from WCHS and Media Center "Conversations" from CHS. Ya'll are on the same wavelength right now.

Keep on clickin'.

 
At 1:16 PM, October 10, 2005, Anonymous tecfac said...

I know we have marketed ourselves as collaborators, willing to help with planning, implementation, and assessment. In our monthly grade level meetings, we bring our news to the table and always ask if they have questions, upcoming projects, etc. I recently explained my role again as there was some confusion. I have also put my calendar on the web so teachers can easily see when I'm available for meeting. Some are taking advantage of that but it's a slow process. Again, it takes precious time to meet and plan. When teachers have a project they've been doing for years, it takes a lot of courage and time to redesign it which can put some folks off.

 
At 6:03 AM, October 12, 2005, Anonymous Joe Poletti said...

I applaud your efforts, Tecfac. In your new role, you are inventing yourself as a curriculum collaborator. Stay true to it. This will yield greater dividends with the passage of time.

I especially appreciate the transparency with which you work. Publishing your instructional agenda (calendar) on the web is a stroke of genius...and is worthy of emulation.

And the frequency of your blogging is second to none. You are beginning to tell the MCMS story of media and technology. Again this will flourish in yet unimaginable ways...

Keep on clickin'

 

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