Perusing Twitter this afternoon, I found a few tweets that really got me thinking. (I am more a twitter stalker than tweeter myself.)
So very true. Technology is a wonderful gift in the classroom. However, without the knowledge of what to do with that tech, the tech itself is worthless. On the other hand, all the PD in the world does no good if the teacher will not use the technology. The old adage, use or lose it applies very well to technology. If you don't use it, you will not remember how to use it.
How would the teachers in your school react if all the textbooks suddenly disappeared? In my elementary school, I don't think most teachers would notice. The social studies and science teachers would. Maybe teachers would miss the math textbooks in 6th and 7th grade. I think in our high school though they would be greatly missed and some would not know what to do at first. My personal opinion closely relates to the last two tweets about science. I believe that many times reliance on the textbook takes the discovery out of science, the discovery out of any subject. When I first started teaching, I taught social studies to 7th and 8th graders and relied heavily on the textbook, but I quickly realized that there were more great resources than my textbook. From then on, I used the textbook as a guide and supplemented heavily with outside resources. I wish I had access to the resources there are online now ten years ago. I am now working with little ones (prek to third grade) but find all kinds of great middle school resources now. Makes me wish I was teaching those kids again.
What do you think about textbooks? Like them, hate them, somewhere in between? I definitely fall in the in between category.