Teachers need to be skilled in the use of productivity tools, not just because they are the best tools for teaching, but also — and more importantly — because they are excellent tools for learning.
TROUBLESHOOTING Every teacher should be able to troubleshoot technology-related problems that commonly crop up in the classroom. For example, you should know that when a computer is behaving oddly in any way, the simplest solution often is to turn off the computer and then turn it back on. Sometimes plugs work loose from their sockets or disks get stuck in drives. Technology-using teachers should know how to do those and myriad other basic computer troubleshooting tasks.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE Every teacher should know where to go for technical assistance. Sometimes technical problems arise that are beyond a teacher’s competence. Good schools will have responsive and skilled technical staff available full time. The technology-using teacher should establish a good working relationship with tech staff and know how to get in touch with them when the need arises.
WEB RESOURCES Every teacher should be familiar with what’s available on the Web in his or her subject area. The Web is a magnificent resource for teaching and learning — and getting better by the day. Conscientious technology-using teachers take time to research what’s available so that they can enrich the learning experience for their students. Web sites such as Education World are good places to start.
SEARCH SKILLS Every teacher should have well-honed Web searching skills. Searching the Web has become an essential skill for all computer users. Teachers today spend a lot of time online looking for multi-media resources as well as for general informational material to use with students. Almost anything you can imagine is available on the Web — if you only know how to find it.
INTEREST AND FLEXIBILITY Every teacher should be open to new ways of doing things. That is so important today! Almost on a weekly basis, technologies become available that can change — and sometimes utterly transform — the way teachers teach and children learn. Good teachers maintain an avid interest in new technologies with a view toward improving the effectiveness of their teaching. Robert Kennedy’s famous line (quoting George Bernard Shaw) captures the essence of that recommendation: “Some men see things as they are, and say ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were, and say ‘Why not?’ ” Good teachers should be constantly on the lookout for ideas about how to do a better job in the classroom. One of the best ways to do that is to join an online discussion group, where teachers get together in an open e-forum to share ideas about teaching and learning. One excellent discussion group is the EDTECH listserv — and it’s free to join. With approximately 3,500 subscribers internationally and about 8000 readers, EDTECH plays an influential role in determining the future direction of education technology. – See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech227.shtml#sthash.aSGJtp9Y.dpuf
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