AZ School Librarian

Reflections on the events and happenings of a new librarian, veteran teacher, and soon to retire educator in Arizona. I've been a music teacher, computer lab teacher (VIC 20, Apple IIe, C-64, MacPlus, and PC), curriculum integration specialist, and am about to add Library Media Specialist to the list. My interests include photography, 4 wheeling (in a Jeep Unlimited), hiking, technology, and renovating my house.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

At the Airport

So, after rising at the normal time of day, making our way through the sparse July 4 traffic (kinda strange to see so few cars on the freeways) leaping out of the Jeep, standing in the wrong line (I was in the eTicket line - and had tickets already - thanks to SWA for helping me out!), waiting in line to get scanned, forgetting to put my laptop in its own grey container, and walking all the way to the gate furthest from anything, I am now in the right place, at the right time. Another hour of waiting around, and we'll board the plane on the way to San Diego for the NECC convention.

I just reviewed a few posts at IP, it seems that we are starting to experience the backlash effect of any large change. The complaint seems to be that technology hasn't delivered on it promise. The logical consequence seems to be "get rid of it all." As support for the arguement people point to the cost of IT, budgeting taken from students, teachers that seem no better today than they were before technology. Hmmm - I seem to remember reading other similar examples from the horseless carriage days, and other forms of technology. "There aren't a lot of roads and never will be - we don't need cars!"

My own reflection is that we still don't really know most teachers are capable of. The place I see the most change in bringing technology into the classroom is when classes are offered after school is out. Teachers then have the time to "play" with the ideas, reflect on the results of such ideas, and plan time to experiment during the next year with these new ideas (OK, its usually 1 idea).

I also do not think that we have yet to figure out what technology will really look like. Its still in a state of flux, with several kinds of experimentation always in progress.

I agree with the idea of a 1 to 1 ratio of computers to students - but I don't think we have the cheap technology we need to make that a reality. The laptop is too large, the cell phone too small. The tablet PC hasn't delivered on its promises either.

Tags: NECC06


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