Eye on Education

Why It’s Time for Teachers to Stumble on Technology

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This post is by guest author Christina Hank.

We’ve been hearing it over and over for several years now: Technology is greatly outpacing our ability to keep up in education.

What Mark Prensky said Thursday morning at the Ohio Annual Statewide Education Conference in Columbus reiterated the point to a roomful of educators.

To say we need to “incorporate” or “integrate” more technology is counterproductive; we need to dive in head first because our students are already engrossed in it, and we need to catch up to them.

So often I hear teachers say they have to teach their students how to use basic tools like PowerPoint, Movie Maker and Skype, but Mark’s session reminded me that it is not our students who need to be taught.

They are still naturally curious and carefree when it comes to tech tools.

It is us, educators, who have outgrown our own innate curiosity.

We are so focused on doing things correctly that we are afraid to stumble around.  It is time for us to stumble, to be willing to admit when we don’t know, and to learn from our students, who can teach us how to be prepared for their new world.

Christina Hank is the secondary curriculum coordinator at Medina City Schools. StateImpact Ohio invited her to help us cover the Ohio Annual Statewide Education Conference in Columbus. She has previously worked as a high school English teacher and an ELA specialist at the Ohio Resource Center. She has a master’s degree in education from Ashland University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio State University. She blogs at Turn On Your Brain.


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