The other day, I tweeted that I'd rather read 3 or fewer ways to do something really well, instead of 100 ways to sort of do anything. I know, with Andy Rooney gone, that sounds like I’m in line to take his place—at least on the education tech front—wherever that is. I can hear my Andy Rooney voice now: I have 6 interactive classroom solutions lined up here. I can’t use all 6, so which 1 is best? Do you know?
Well, I’m certain it most always depends on individual needs, but because I live this stuff, I wouldn’t have a problem recommending the right ones for a specific educator, classroom, school, or district if asked.
Hey, wonder if that would work? Set up a card table at the education and technology conferences. Has to be just a little better advice than the Mystery 8 Ball’s YES, NO, MAYBE, or a psychic card reader—right?
Picture me at a table greeting admin and educators:
“What are you looking for? Oh, you’ll find that in aisle 3, but stop by booth #556, too, because you may like that as well. And, you’re going to need one to these gizmos—you’ll find in the last aisle. It’s new, but will have students hopping out of their seats.”
Sounds a bit like the Santa in the old Miracle on 34th Street sending customers to other stores for the best gift buys.
I don’t think you’ll see me at a card table anytime soon... although you never know...
Here’s another tweet I saw, recently:
“How do you change a tech reluctant staff?” I don’t get that (Andy Rooney RIP again)! How does a staff get to be labeled tech reluctant in the 1st place? Seems to me that puzzle piece shouldn’t even be in the tech box.
Let’s add a few directions to the side of that box:
1. Know the curriculum.
2. Choose the right tech to match that curriculum.
3. Give that tech to all staff, and in all the classrooms.
4. Offer initial training.
5. Offer ongoing support.
6. Guide students to become more in charge of their own learning.
Additionally, #7 was offered by one of my favorite teachers:
7. Invite teachers to share project ideas with staff (for inspiration).
Let’s stress the importance of Educators as guides for students and colleagues—learning with or without technology.
Now, where’s that card table?