Imagine this scenario: You come back from this great EdTech conference brimming with ideas, and you have access to computers at your school and you are going to fundamentally change the way your students learn and then…
…they don’t buy in. Introducing technology into the classroom is a disruptive process for a reason. It is bound to change the way your students learn, but the reality is that students love routine. When you break that routine, it’s important that you can concretely back up why you are doing it. If you don’t go slow with the introduction and just toss it in there, they won’t see the point.
But before we continue, let me introduce myself. First off, if you’ve taken any time out of your busy day to read this—thank you. I’m Chris, a third-year algebra teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School in Baltimore. I’m an alternative certification teacher, meaning instead of a four year degree in teaching (mine’s in business administration), I went through an intense 6-week training program, and then was placed on a residency teaching certification for two years. Now I’m officially a certified teacher in the state of Maryland and am currently working towards my administration degree at the University of Indiana (online, go figure).
I’m here because of you—like you, I’m a teacher that works hard to meet the needs of my students. I put in more hours than there are in the day only to often feel discouraged. I’m also a big fan of educational technology. Hopefully you meet one of those three categories, and hopefully it’s not the middle one. My affinity for technology may have to do with my age (I was born in the 80s…the late 80s. Okay, 1989), but I think that many of our students are already so adept at using technology, why not bring it into the classroom?
I’m a big fan of all things technology, especially when it comes to math because I think there are so many functions that technology can perform for my students that I cannot (rewind, self-paced learning, etc). In the past, my students have taken control of it, but it’s still challenging. It’s always challenging trying something new, so that’s what I’m going to talk about in this blog: the challenges of EdTech (I’ll offer solutions in May or so when I figure it out too!).
So, like I was saying—you come back from this great EdTech conference inspired to change your approach, but then your students don’t buy in…
…and you have no idea what to do next.