I recently attended the METC (Midwest Education Technology Conference) in St. Louis Missouri. While at the conference, I attended a session that implied that teachers of technology specific classes are not necessary. The presenter claimed that infusing technology into general classroom content should be sufficient to teach our children how to use and apply technology tools and specific software. The presenter specifically mentioned Excel. She claims that math and science teachers can adequately provide all information students need to learn the program and furthermore, we should be concerned with students' use of the program to solve the specific problem generated by the teacher and not be concerned with their overall knowledge of the programs features. As a business education teacher who has taught a technology specific curriculum for 12 years, I was amazed at what I was hearing. While I do believe these programs and tools need to be an embedded part of all curricular areas, I still steadfastly believe that students (all students) can realize a tremendous benefit from classes like mine. I realize students can learn some of the features of a program through regular classroom infusion but I feel that my curriculum exposes kids to many possibilities that cannot be generated by an occasional user of the program.
What do you think? Are technology teachers becoming irrelevant in education?