Friday, December 24th, 2010 | technology
“If my school or the education authorities want me to use technology, they must provide it,” some teachers argue. Others add: “They surely can’t expect it to come out of my pocket.”
Clearly this is a sensitive issue – an emotional one. One argument is that plumbers, electricians and doctors are all required to provide the tools of their trade, and therefore teachers should do the same. Teachers may counter this by pointing out that when they were employed, technology did not feature in their job description and since it has only been introduced lately, they can’t be held responsible to pay for their own technology.
This argument can go forwards and backwards, without a clear winner.
Good reasons exist for teachers to have access to technology on a regular basis – preferably in their homes – regardless of who should pay for technology. Consider two of them:
If you’ve never used technology before, it is important that you become comfortable with it before trying to use it in the classroom. Most people need time to adapt to the use of new things – it is not just a matter of taking a course, but rather one of practice, practice, practice. Technology in your home – available all the time – will make the learning process much easier.
Even if you are at ease with technology it is advisable to possess your own equipment. At home you can use it for admin functions and to prepare lessons and activities for your learners. You can explore educational software packages and find websites with information suitable for your lessons. Regular use of technology is far more beneficial than sporadic exposure.
A laptop or a personal computer is a good place for you to start. The relative cost of these items is coming down and, while it may call for some sacrifice, you’ll find that the investment will pay handsome dividends.
Skillful use of technology is no longer optional. Try all possible avenues to lay hold of technology – and if all else fails, buy your own.
For more technology tips for teachers click here.