Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 | Computer Usage, laptops
A laptop can make you a productivity powerhouse.
Some teachers may object to the mere suggestion that they should become more productive.
“How can we be expected to produce more?” they may ask. “We are already overworked! You can’t squeeze blood from a stone.”
This reaction is understandable. We all agree that teachers carry heavy loads. But greater productivity does not necessarily mean working harder.
Let’s think about an analogy.
Imagine a rural area where there is no piped water. A woman takes her family’s washing down to a river. There she laboriously draws water with a bucket to wash and rinse the clothing. When she is done, she hauls the wet washing back home to hang up to dry. This process may take up most of her day.
If water were to be piped to her house, half of her work would be saved. She would not have to trek down to the river, nor would she have to perform the backbreaking task of drawing water from the river with a bucket. If running water were available from a tap she would have the flexibility to work in her own house, in her own time, at her own pace.
The time and energy spent walking to and from the river and drawing water could now be used for more meaningful tasks, such as earning extra money or spending the time with her family.
Think what it would mean to her if she were to get a washing machine! She would have even more time for other productive activities.
This woman has now become more productive. Does that mean that more burdens are put on her and that she has to work harder? Not at all. In fact, she gets more done in less time, with less effort. This is a good example of working smarter, not harder.
The same principle applies to a teacher and a laptop. A laptop can do for a teacher what running water and a washing machine can do for a housewife: it can help to get more work done in less time.
Any tool that can lighten the load of a teacher should be considered seriously.
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