From administrators, college education professors, and curriculum directors, we're constantly being informed about new and exciting technologies that we should be using in our classroom: There's so many great new things in technology that would enhance your classroom. We expect you to be learning how to use these websites or software. Keep a classroom blog. Post your lesson plans online. Tape your lessons and post them on YouTube so your students can go back and watch them if they need to. Create a classroom website. Have your students submit their papers online through a plagiarism-checker. Keep track of students grades and attendance virtually. Use the graphing calculator program online.
Except . . .
We can't guarantee it's actually going to work.
Sure we want you to take your students to the computer lab to work on a really cool project using that amazing website that you found, but . . . you see the internet isn't working today, and it probably won't be working the rest of the week. You'll have to come up with other plans even though the lab is booked solid until the end of the semester. Sorry about that.
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I understand that your school-issued laptop is nine years old and is completely out-dated, but we're requiring you to use this online grading system that is not at all compatible with your computers software and will probably cause it to crash every ten minutes.
Speaking of crashing, I'm sorry that your hard drive has crashed twice this week, but we're just going to wipe it clean and try again.
Here's a classroom set of laptops to pilot that new online learning system for your students. Did I mention that only half of them work? Yeah, you'll have to figure out some way around that. And, by the way, we reset all the passwords over break so NONE of your students will actually be able to log in until they've gone through this thirty-minute process of creating a new password. Once they've done that, about two-thirds of them will actually be able to log in. The rest will have to call IT and have them figure out what's wrong. And . . . once you get everyone logged in ad working, the internet is going to stop working. So, make sure you have a back-up plan.
I just can't seem to figure out why so many teachers are stubborn and refuse to use technology in the classroom. They must just not like change.