This blog post originated as a reply to Kim Figliomeni’s blog. Needless to say, I realized that I had too much to share and decided the length of my “reply” was more appropriate for a dedicated post. Kim has asked other educators to join her in spending 10 minutes a day to connect with others. She is following OSSEMOOC’s Ten Minutes of Connecting Challenge that Donna Fry (@Fryed) created.
Here is my take away from OSSEMOOC’s Day 1 post:
I love the quote:
“Using technology is no longer an option for us. We must support our students to succeed in our physical and digital world.”
In my role as the Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact for SNCDSB, I sometimes hear:
“I’m no good at that technology stuff.”
“I just don’t do computers.”
“I’m not a computer person.” ****
A colleague of mine (@WallwinS) often asks the question: How would we respond if an educator said something like that about Math? In Ontario, we have worked so hard to improve teacher efficacy with respect to Mathematics. In fact, it is absolutely taboo for an educator to say: “I don’t do Math.” Why? Simply put: We want our students to feel confident that they are all capable of learning new Math concepts, so we have to model that growth mindset for them.
Why should we approach technology enabled learning any differently? The Khan Academy video that is shared in the OSSEMOOC post is correct – you can learn anything. I remember thinking that html code was perplexing. To me, people who could code were magicians. Now that I’ve been forced to use it a bit, I see that once you understand the “language,” it is not such a scary and mysterious thing.
The second video shared in the OSSEMOOC post, Learning to Change – Changing to Learn really emphasized that as educators it is our duty to take ownership over technology’s role in education. We need to use technology in our classrooms – to borrow a quote from our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau – because it’s 2015. And we aren’t using technology for the sake of using technology; we need to use it to provide some new and innovative learning opportunities for our students (but this is another blog post in and of itself)!
****FYI: These teachers usually know way more than they give themselves credit for.