Information Needs, Professional, Teacher Relationships, Teachers, Technology

Technology – Kids Love It – Some Teachers, Not So Much

My position has transformed over the last year.  I am now working as an Instructional/Assistive Technologist for my district.  But I am taking my skills as a librarian and putting them to good use.  I really am doing the same type of work, but now I get to work throughout the whole district instead of just one school.  This new position allows me to bring information literacy into so many more classrooms.

Most kids love anything that has to do with technology.  Teachers, not so much for a variety of reasons.  One, it’s a lot of work – who in their right mind wants to do more work?  Two, sometimes the kids know more than the teacher, and to some teachers, that’s not always viewed as a good thing.  And three, the unpredictability is killer.  What happens when technology doesn’t work as planned.  These reasons are enough to send any non-tech teacher running for the hills.

One thing to remember is the use of technology shouldn’t change what the teacher is doing in the classroom.  It doesn’t change the focus of the lesson, it should only enhance it.  I would rather a teacher not use technology than just use technology for the sake of it being technology.

My way around this has been to make the use of technology really easy for my teachers.  I take the unknown and the work out of it.  I am there from beginning to end to make the transition one that is enjoyable and not scary.  I do the planning, the researching, the setting up, everything they could possibly need for the first time.  We talk about what they want to accomplish, what are the best ways to do that and how easy it is to do that with this great tool that I found.

Then the day of the class, I come into class, co-teach with the teacher and in most cases things work great (even when they don’t.)  The teacher becomes receptive to doing this again, the kids love it and I am well on my way to having a new convert.

Author: SL

SL has been a elementary/middle school librarian for over 13 year having received my MLS from SUNY Albany, in Albany, New York. SL has worked in a variety of settings from rural to urban, with different populations. She is currently the librarian at RCS Middle School. She lives near Albany, New York with her husband and three children.

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