Even more than new technology, teachers want training in how to use tech tools, writes Liz Willen on the Hechinger Report.
Austin, TX. – With apps for everything from annotating poetry to understanding literature through hip hop, it might have seemed teachers in attendance at the sprawling South by Southwest.edu (SXSW) festival last week were hungry for new tools and technology.
After all, a dizzying menu of new classroom technology prevailed; there was even an interactive playground to try it all out.
The RobotsLab was on hand to demonstrate math and science concepts using what else? Robots.
But technology isn’t much use without training, teachers say. In a nationwide survey of more than 600 K-12 teachers, half said they didn’t get enough help in how to use technology in the classroom, reports digedu.
Some teachers feel left out of the debate on how to use technology to improve teaching and learning.
“Teachers show up at large, industry-driven conferences feeling more than a little like middle school students at their first dance. They want to be there so badly but they are completely confused as to how they fit in and what role they should adopt,’’ Shawn Rubin of EdSurge wrote in a column after last year’s festival.
Middle-school teacher Josh Work has 5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology.