By Alix E. Peshette
Cross-posted from EdTech Gold Rush
It started as a simple question to the 466 K-12 teachers in my district. I needed this data for an upcoming technology leadership meeting at the country level. I emailed that question on a Monday morning at 7:00 am. By 12:00 noon 62 teachers had responded. The number is now over 100, with more responses showing up daily.
I’m a member of the Technology Support Department (the only certificated member) and I expected the usual grousing about too many computer problems and not enough technicians. What I didn’t expect was the number of “thank you for asking this question” responses! In the midst of their busy day, teachers were saying, “Thanks for asking for my input”. It occurred to me that the entire K12 staff had never been asked this question formally or informally with promises only to share comments and grade levels with others.
Some responded with a short list. Many teachers sent lengthy and articulate responses. As I read the emails and interpreted the comments, the obvious categories emerged.
I would guess that this list comes as no surprise to most teachers and almost all technical staff. Many of these things can be cured with money and time – both of which are in short supply in school districts.
The Technology Leadership meeting is tonight. We will compare our results, break into small groups and brainstorm some ways to meet these needs. It should be interesting!