I expressed a view recently in support of fellow technology coordinators. Unfortunately, a vigorous conversation has been curtailed by resorting to name-calling and demeaning comments. Well that’s a shame, because it was an important topic that was gaining some momentum.
It’s all too easy to slap somebody down when they don’t agree with you.
I assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that this was a forum for openly expressing views and discussing them, without fear of of being shouted down. Perhaps I expressed myself too strongly, with passion and concern. As a teacher and a technology coordinator I am able to see both sides of the story, and I understand where both groups are coming from.
Mr Meyer is entitled to his views and I respect very much the engaging activities that he prepares for his students. I also admire his publication of the thinking processes that underpin his lessons. He has a wealth of experience in using technology to facilitate the learning of mathematics and further more, he makes it fun.
Now if only all teachers behaved as he does in “taking responsibility for the engagement of his students”. If only all teachers looked for resources, created resources, shared ideas and asked questions as Mr Meyer does.
If this were the case, there would be no need for technology coordinators at all. But then again, maybe that’s taking it to extremes as well.