Why are we reluctant to try?

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Reading through the blogs of fellow preservice educators I have begun to notice a trend. Very few people feel confident in their ability to navigate the cavernous world of ICT. Even those few exceptions that always seem to make the rule only acknowledge competence with one or two programs.

Are we as a group of learners so ill equipped that we are destined to fail and as such have already assumed the tuck and brace position as though the plane is about to cash? Surely this can’t be the case for all of us.

The rate at which new technologies and programs are developed leave even the most avid ICT user in a race against the ICT snowball as it’s rapidly gaining momentum rolling down the hill. I think the way education systems have worked in the past should be held accountable.

In classrooms where the teacher has been regaled as the holder of all knowledge and drill and route memorisation reigned supreme where does an environment that requires learners to be in control of their own learning fit?

Teachers are unable to hold all knowledge relating to ICT. Students have more time, motivation and technical skills then many of us who have made it throughout he other side of the chalk and talk pedagogy of the past.

Let’s give in to not knowing. We don’t know. We will never know. Through our own exploration and embarrassing mistakes with ICT we can learn.  A shift in pedagogical practices from viewing the teacher as a knowledge base to learner will go along away in taking back our confidence.

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4 comments

    1. And to think for years the culture has been to learn this because the text says you need to know it and do it this way because ‘I’ said thats how it is to be done has dominated. Learning removed from the context or the act of actually doing sits in a dark place we don’t understand or can’t remember when it comes the time to apply it anyway.

  1. Reading and reflecting on your article, ‘Why are we reluctant to try?’ I thought of Jim Morrison’s quote ‘There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors’. As teachers we need to open doors to ICT and seek pedagogical practices, in this vast and continuously changing area, that will support and enhance students’ of the 21st Century learning. As individuals, teachers, there will be things known about ICT but as teachers we need to be courageous and self-directed to open doors to ICT. We need to remove the authoritative role of the teacher of the past to one of being a facilitator.

  2. I have noticed a trend from reading the blogs and posts of our peers as well, it is one of determination and courage that says I don’t have ICT skills, but I am trying so be patient with me while I ask questions and learn the ropes. I find it encouraging that those students are open enough to admit they don’t know about certain things or are uncomfortable with the ICT’s. I agree that teachers are not all knowing, it is practically impossible to know and be confident within every area of the curriculum but as future teachers it is our job to teach the skills that some of us are learning now, it isn’t about the program specifically, it is about problem solving strategies we use. I believe that teaching has moved away from the ROTE learning of the past and is moving into a more exciting area where teachers and students can take learning journeys together.

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