“Technology use in the classroom depends on how teachers view themselves as tech users.”
This was my “tweet” from technology class earlier today based on the readings from two weeks ago dealing with teacher technology self-efficacy.
I see this everyday in school, especially if the day started with my tech in education small group. Many of the teachers in the group do not view themselves as technology users. I would even say that some of them are afraid of the technology in their classrooms. I fall into this category too from time to time. I have an IWB and a doc camera in my room and they are mostly used for teacher lead activities. I’m sad to say that my students do not get to use them as much as I would like. I am hopeful that as I become more comfortable in designing lessons for my board I will start to give up some of my control and let me students use the them.
I do see myself as a tech user and as I have modeled to other teachers to usefulness of the available pieces of technology and they have be given time to have guided practice using the technology, they are using it more and more in their classrooms. As they feel more like a tech user, they are asking questions and sharing how they are using technology in their rooms. My hope is that this model will continue.