I had another sad conversation with a friend today. He indicated that his employer was getting rid of the position of tech coordinator and that he was being sent back to the classroom. I had two immediate questions:
- Who will be replacing you?
Sadly, this isn’t a unique situation.
The answer to my second question was “nobody”.
The answer to my first question was “The district is going to buy iPads and the IT Director has convinced the administration that a position like mine is not necessary since ‘anyone can work an iPad'”.
We looked at each other incredulously.
Is the use of this (or any technology) treated so superficially that this logic makes any sense at all?
I recalled reading a piece from eSchool News recently that was so timely.
Just as the first teaching and learning machines failed on the promise to take over education and make it all good, so flies the iPad. (Or any device – it’s just that all roads point to the iPad in this case)
Of importance is point #3 in the article.
It’s sad to think that any system would consider self-taught tap, tap, tapping and hoping that the magic happens, a critical part of their technology implementation.