Whenever I bring up technology to teachers, I typically get responses like:
"Why should we fix something that's not broken? My students are learning just fine."
"Technology makes my students antisocial. I want my students to have people-skills."
"I've been teaching for [large #] years and I don't see the need for it."
The way I like to think of it is with water. Everyone needs water to survive, just like every person needs to learn in order to be successful in life.
There are very thirsty students that want to learn (a.k.a. drink the water) and will be actively engaged in your classroom. There are also students that will learn just because they have no other choice or their parents make them (a.k.a. see a cup of water and drink it just because it's there or because mom said they have to drink it). Some students know that they need to learn, but it doesn't appeal to them or they struggle with it (a.k.a. they don't like the taste or maybe they have trouble swallowing it).
This is where technology can help....
Think of technology as the Kool-Aid, the Crystal Light, the tea bags, etc. Think of it as flavored water. It is still water. Students should still be learning, it is just an added twist. It is something that may appeal to those hydrophobic student of yours and it just might make it easier for your students to swallow.
This does not mean you have a problem if you're only offering plain water. If that works for you, so be it. Maybe it's high quality purified water because you're an outstanding teacher (kudos to you)!
This "flavored water" also doesn't mean that your students will stop talking to each other. They like to socialize and this might actually give them something else to talk about.
The key part to remember is that not every student will enjoy the "flavors", or variety of technology, you have to offer. That is exactly why it is important for you to try out different things and get a feel for the needs of your students.
This is when The BYOD Classroom comes in to save the day! Use this website as a resource to help you easily learn the ins and outs of technology in YOUR classroom. I couldn't stress YOUR classroom enough!
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