Digitally literate teachers?

Yes, that is the question. This has always been a thought circling through my head (especially after seeing a teacher go into panic mode in the computer lab) and after listening to my colleague’s initial “tech savvy” conversation with her CT, I found my morning’s feeds to fit right in.

First, a question posed here: Is it OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher in the 21st century?

My answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT!

It’s not about being super tech savvy…it’s about working with tools our students are using, will be using, and will be changing in the future. As I mentioned here, we need to be flexible, open to new ideas/strategies, and willing to adapt. If not, we are missing out — but more importantly our students are missing out on gaining the crtical knowledge/skills they need in today’s world.

Tying off of these ideas is where this quote comes into play. I definitely think this is the case and it IS a problem. We can’t be afraid to help our students with the “critical” side of technology. We can’t just assume they know what they are doing just because they are more comfortable with the various interfaces. There’s so much more behind all fo this. And it doesn’t matter how many “tech” classes we take to help renew our licenses…if we aren’t utilizing those skills/ideas in our classrooms, I do believe we have failed our students.

Finally, I remember someone mentioned at the NCTE convention last fall that we talk so much about gaining 21st century skills and yet we are already well into the 21st century. (Thus, we are already behind.) As educators, we need to help share with one another skills and strategies that are working in our classrooms in order to truly be successful. Perhaps the “critical” thinking part rests on us…after all how can expect our students to think critically about what they are doing if we aren’t willing to step outside of our comfort zone and thinking critically about incorporating new “21st century strategies” into our classrooms, too?

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