I am pulling my hair out with admins about what exactly should be covered in an IT curriculum. Half of them can only see a PC or Mac as some kind of magical typewriter that does not require White Out and magically sends out letters without a stamp. I keep trying to tell them that in a few years even typing will be gone, as we know it. (Thumb typing maybe, but QWERTY touch typing is becoming less and less essential.) And all they want to see is PROJECTS...ah...and when do the kids actually learn to manipulate the MACHINE...global Windows skills and learning to SELF teach from the Windows system. "Oh the kids should master Office 2003"...really? That's nice...problem is Office 2010 is coming and 2007 was a shock to most of the admins whereas my kids had no problems because they have intuition and can self-teach in nearly any program. I am really thinking strongly of leaving this field because it's a daily battle.

Any advice or ideas????

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I'm a fan of student-centered learning. My issue is: How do they learn tech skills while they're doing a classroom project? To me, it's like learning art to draw Ancient Greek icons. Yes, that's one way, but it's not really learning art.

Maybe I'm saying, tech is a subject, as is math and science. The push to integrate technology into classrooms ignores/brushes aside the need for tech as its own subject. For example, I teach writing skills in the tech lab (every time the classroom teacher and I collaborate on a project, I reinforce her/his rules on writing), but if I were all students learned of writing, they would be shortchanged.

Same goes for technology. If all students learn of technology is what the classroom teacher teaches (she would be the first to admit she's not an expert in that area), they are shortchanged in my career choice.
I advocate that IT needs to be embedded into the curriculum. Maybe that would help with the teaching of the IT.
I agree Jacqui. I would propose that we do both. Students will master skills they use more frequently. It would be great for me to have a resource teacher but I agree that many skills need a class. Absolutely!
How do they handle tech in your school, Sue? As an exploratory (I forgot Jack's term--this is what my school labels us) or a class or a 'special ed' add-on? I'd be interested in your experience.
We have a tech director and support who helps with training teachers and assisting student issues. We cover a bit of tech in our tech classes and business classes, but these have been cut this past year. I guess I would say that it is clearly viewed as an add on and was hacked when they needed money for the budget.

I try to incorporate it into all of my projects and work in my history classes because I feel they are not getting much of it elsewhere. My at risk students really respond to it as well and it makes my class more fun.

I have a tech director whis is amazingly supportive and helps me where ever she can.

I am very lucky that way. I will be starting to use twitter this year as a pilot and without her I would be lost.
What grades do you teach? I checked your profile, but I guess I can't see much unless we're colleagues. Maybe at your school, they figure tech training is done in the business classes?

I work with K-5. Until they disband my lab, I'll cover essential tech skills and collaborations. I can't see how to do one without the other.
Hi, I've been following your thread and it sounds like you have the same setup as me. I teach k-4 in a computer lab. I try to integrate tech skills within fun projects. I try to reinforce the same skills throughout every application ie - cut and paste in Kid Pix, Word, Photoshop. My goal is for them to eventually learn to figure out things for themselves (like we do!) The best tactic for me is to work with the teachers who are open to collaborating and hope that their enthusiasm will be contagious to other teachers. It seems to work, albeit slowly! Then, I always hope that I'll have more teachers pushing the administration for more technology (rather than me being the only squeaky wheel all the time!) Good luck everyone. It's great hearing that others share my frustrations, and you've all given me lots of new ideas. Thanx!!
That is the point...there is NO way to teach IT skills AND teach writing and math at least in my case in 45 minutes per week...which is 24 hours a year. Thus the title of my posts..."THEY DON"T GET IT"
Andy~ Great point. We also need our states to make it part of our curriculum. I understand that is underway or the case in some states.
Yes most states are trying to do this...big problem...some towns have OODLES of cash for hardware and software and some towns have no money.

How in hell do you write one size fits all IT curriculum for an entire state?

Again I shall yell from my rooftop....THEY DON"T GET IT
So it all gets down to money and power. Big surprise.
Yeah...quelle surprise.

I was in school today and discovered my entire middle school lab failed the test by our IT management company. All screens were flashing FAIL FAIL. Meanwhile I am being asked to come up with all sorts of cute projects for the kids to do which means they won't learn a thing about IT this year. It will all be done on WORD or PowerPoint. Anyway the PCs, which are now ten years old, are just old and tired. So I said, to my admin, "we will be lucky to get them to turn ON this year, let alone make cute dog and pony shows." I thought she would slap me. Anyone hiring out there?????



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