Why are we still talking about this? The constant conversation about the need for technology in schools.
Why are we still trying to convince teachers and administrators this is needed?
Some might even say it’s the wave of the future? Crazy talk if you ask me.
Technology is the "next big thing".
Like automobiles. Fire. Batteries. Movable type. Bottled water. Daily showers.
Trust me, these never caught on and neither will technology.
I think the naysayers are right.
Technology is a fad that will never last (like ballpoint pens, air conditioning, laser beams, and Subway… because who in their right mind would pay some 17-year old kid to make them a sandwich?).
There are educators out there who understand this.
They’ve seen this same type of thing happen time and again in education. This too shall pass.
They are the ones leading the real charge. They are the ones mumbling and looking at their watches during professional development.
They gather in the hallways (often during class time) and point out what’s wrong with this technology scenario.
Technology isn’t here for the long haul.
Sure, it’s caught our fancy for the moment, but it will disappear. Trust them.
It’s time we stopped preaching to these people in our schools. It’s time we followed them.
They are the visionaries. They are the leaders.
They are the ones we should be following.
These forerunners will no longer hear me trying to bring them over to the side of technology.
From now on, I am all about paper and pencil.
It may not be what the kids want, but it’s what they need (and who knows better what the future needs than the past).
I owe so many people apologies. I’m sending them all an email apology.
Now, if someone in their buildings would just help them check… because they are also the ones constantly telling me their email machine is broken.
And I for one, would hate for them to be left out.