Can you teach more than you know?
Yes, we can learn with our students as did Maryann in our textbook example. Teaching what we only know would limit the students. However, learning with the students brings out a new experience for everybody. Children are able to pick up most technologies rather quickly after learning the basics. As Maryann mentioned, waiting until you completely understand a technology is another way of delaying or stopping the new learning experience with a new tool.
“What can my students do instead of me doing it? How can my students be agents of change rather than objects of change?” (Martinez, Stager).
I love the above textbook statement, being an agent for change, not just an object. We want to be part of change; we want students to be excited about new changes. Our attitude toward change and new technologies is reflected in our teaching and shows in our classrooms. I have so many examples of teachers that I have witnessed being resistant to change, which is redundant to me. Technology changes so fast, we must be part of that change.
We learn from Dr Daggett, that “Teachers more than ever have a vital role in helping students realize their futures by providing them with instruction that gives direction and allows them to hone their new cognitive and technology skills.” As we read further into Dr Daggett’s paper, we learn about a new trend in how our K-12 education system is now trying to prep the students for productive careers.
While the comics are funny, this is an example of teaching what we have been taught. I have always like the chalk/white boards, but most modern day classrooms are using smartboards. We to need to go beyond our learning and expand into current technologies to expose our students to more than what we know.
My example for my current technologies is learning about 3D printers. Although I had not ever had physical interaction with the printers, I knew somewhat of how the technology worked. We have talked and had twitter sessions about the printers. I don’t know if there is any way that I will understand all of the capabilities without truly tinkering with one. However, in a classroom setting, I would love to sit with my students, open the box and start tinkering.
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom.
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Dr. Daggett, Willard R. (May 2010). Preparing Students for Their Technological Future. Retrieved on July 7, 2016, from: www.leadered.com/pdf/Preparing%20Students%20for%20Tech%20Future%20white%20paper.pdf
Hudson, Trierweiler Hudson. (n.d.). Do Your Students Know More About Technology Than You Do?. Retrieved on July 7, 2016, from: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/do-your-students-know-more-about-technology-you-do