Sunday, November 29, 2009

We Are All Technology Teachers by Kim Cofino

We Are All Technology Teachers by Kim Cofino

Seven or eight years ago at MSMS we implemented a reading program in which all teachers became reading teachers for 30 minutes a day.  I couldn't help but think about the analogy Kim Cofino makes in the article linked above between ESL teachers and teachers of technology.  It's exactly what MSMS did with reading teachers.  As difficult as it was, and still is, for all teachers to become reading teachers, we all need to make the shift to become technology teachers and truly integrate technology into everyday learning in the classroom.

This seems to be quite the order considering how fast technology changes and the pedagogical shifts needed to make this happen.  The good news for MSMS is that much of the infrastructure is in place to allow this shift to happen.  However, without training and support for that infrastructure, we're struggling to implement the essential tools of 21st Century teaching and learning.  A good bit of time, training, and support was provided to teachers to help them become reading teachers.  We need to do the same for technology if we want all teachers to become teachers of technology.

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