Many People hate Blackboard – but only part of it is the fault of technology. Most of the fault is that of the teachers. How? Here is what I read today – and I was struck by how correct this was. The author decribes the introduction of technology in education as a continuation of legacy practices:
This means that you bolt technology on top of what you’re already doing.
He then powerfully shifts the focus from teacher to the student:
Staff developers, please don’t train teachers to use technology without kids. Ask every teacher to bring two or three students. The trainer trains the students, not the teacher. If you train teachers in technology, they tend to go back and do what they always did — they will automate. What we need to do is show models of kids solving powerful problems beyond anything we’ve every done and the only way to do that is in context. Tell the teachers, “This is not about technology. It’s about understanding the impact of technology on how students learn.” Please don’t teach teachers after school in a computer lab without students. It can be counterproductive.
Read the full article/ blog post – Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning – here.