This year I am helping to improve student learning through technology in a city school district. My emphasis is on improving student learning. However, when I go to schools, I often hear
“My printer does not work.”
“You can teach us a technology.”
“What application do you want to teach them?”
“Let’s give them a workshop on PowerPoint”
“When will you come in my classroom and teach my kids how to use digital cameras?”
Unfortuately, for many teachers “technology integration” refers more to the mechanics of technology than improving students learning through technology.
I propose that we get rid of the term “technology integration teacher”and”computer lab teacher” and replace them with the more meaningful terms of “learning specialists” or “literacy specialists” (thanks to Andy Y. and Roger S. from the Ithaca City School District for the literacy focus).
© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007