I’m just trying to keep up.

Sometimes it’s hard to be a technology teacher.
Students don’t know more about math than the math teacher. They certainly don’t know more about science or history. That’s not the case with technology. In some cases, they know more than us and we are assigned to teach them something.
What we mostly do is find out where they are, and try to keep up. We think we’re so groovy because we’re on Facebook. Well guess what? If you haven’t noticed, they’re not even on there anymore. They’ve moved onto Instagram and Snapchat. By the time we join those sites, they will leave us in the dust.
What we can do is address the bigger picture. Yes, they are all over the internet, but doing what? What kind of content are they adding? What type of footprint are they leaving behind? We need to use social media guidelines to enlighten them on future issues they aren’t thinking about now.
What I think is being ignored is mastering basic office skills, even adults don’t know how to set up tabs, and forget about editing a master slide.

Mostly we learn together, finding new things to explore everyday. I am constantly trying to keep my curriculum interesting and relevant, and teach them something they don’t know already. That becomes more of a challenge everyday because I don’t know it yet either.

Our job may be more fun but our curriculum has to change constantly, and keeping up is hard work.

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