In a recent blog post Scott Mcleod asks the question,
“…can anyone else think of an employment sector other than K-12 and
postsecondary education where employees have the right to refuse to use technology?”
It’s a great question and it provoked some good discussion; however is mandating technology use enough? Will it create the pedagogical changes we want, if put in the hands of educators whose personalities are not conducive to the classroom transformation we’d like to see?
Will simply requiring teachers to use technology tools transform teaching and learning? What real change can we expect when we put technology tools in the hands of these teachers?
Mr. Total Control
Miss Overly Structured
Mrs. Entertains from the Front of the Class
Mr. Blame the Kids
Miss Low Expectations
Mrs. No Confidence No Control
Mr. Content Is All That Counts
Miss NCLB Scores
Mrs. Teach to the Middle
Mr. Lack of Preparation
Miss I Don’t Have Time for Questions
Mrs. Because I Said So
Mr. I’m Totally Overwhelmed
Is it wishful thinking to believe that technology, by itself, will change the fundamental dynamic that these personality types bring to their classrooms? Will traditional professional development significantly change these educators’ beliefs, values, and classroom behaviors?
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