This is a poster for the ‘connected’ teacher. While many talk about ‘students being left behind’, or ‘preparing kids for the 21st Century’ etc., Then why not a poster to reflect the thousands of teachers who are totally insane and working towards a shift in education – that even governments and institutions recognise as vital (they just don’t want to pay all the direct costs for it).
Personal Costs for teachers
Teachers in my view need to at least have their home internet use funded in some way. Many teachers are having to buy their own laptop or use their home desktop, most I know have to share a desktop computer at home – and bandwidth with family members.
Australia’s personal tax laws don’t help. Writing off hardware over 3 years is dumb. Why should a teacher be treated the same as a business – who are using the computer for far more lucrative purposes. Teachers should be first in line to get a Rudd laptop in my view – then at least its one less cost for them to bear while they are learning how to use it to better effect.
Instead we see this recently from the Teachers Federation.
“Although teachers in many public schools in NSW spent many hours preparing their school’s applications, significant issues relating to infrastructure and support need to be addressed by the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) before the Federal Government’s “Digital Revolution” arrives in public school.
As a consequence of this, unlike private schools in the first round, no DET school is likely to see any computers under the program before the 2009 school year.”
I prepared my schools application – no one paid me to do it, and I am not alone in yet another ‘cost’ that is avoided by government.
If we want to get more teacher engaged in reading, learning and participating in the exponential growth in the use of social networks as professional development vectors, then there is a significant cost to those teachers – in addition to their normal workload.
This is a personal, not school or government burden. They do it at home – and may are awake at ridiculous hours to do it – because they see the benefits for the kids – not just talk about them.
This cost needs to be recognised, these people need to be recognised! – with more than a pat on the back.
I suggest that teachers keep a record of this (personal) time. Post it somewhere, so you can remember all the hours you put in. Make sure you value the time, even if ‘they’ don’t. Make consious decisions NOT to help – if that will incur a higher personal cost that you can afford.
Technology is pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning. Judy commented that bloggers should be joining professional bodies to lobby for change. I think she’s right.
I’m not sure how I’d articulate the poster’s message – but old habits die hard.