Over the last year much has been made of smartphones and other electronic devices in classrooms. British Columbia principal Cale Birk recently wrote a thoughtful (and thought provoking) blog about how his school, South Kamloops Secondary School, navigated the introduction of new technology into classrooms.
One of the most poignant comments came from one of his senior teachers: “Whenever something like this comes along, we need to do THIS. We need to talk about it. We need to DISCUSS it. Whatever it is, we’ll figure it out!”. As a staff, we also need to discuss where we see the successful integration of technology into classrooms.
In the fall of 2010, members of the staff participated in a brief survey about the integration of technology in classes at Glebe. The results showed that many teachers wanted to learn how they could use technology, but that they were also afraid of how the technology could be used inappropriately. You can see a summary of the results, or if you wish, you can still add your voice by completing the survey (I will close the survey at the end of the school year). Hopefully we can have more discussion on how we see technology being used as a learning tool in our classrooms.