Jeff Moore posted some good reflections about the evolving role of computer technologists in schools back in November as a short podcast.
I heartily agree with Jeff’s contentions that educational technologists in schools should be developers rather than installers, and should be viewed as TEACHERS rather than technicians. Schools serious about helping students and teachers develop 21st century literacy skills MUST provide the type of instructional technology development and integration assistance that Jeff is talking about.
The problem, of course, is that many school districts just provide technicians in schools, and assume teachers will figure out how to use available hardware/software tools on their own– or after taking some traditional one-shot educational technology workshops.
Jeff also discusses his concerns about open source technologies needing to become mainstream, for schools as well as users. He hopes that Linux will become a viable desktop operating system in the future, and thinks it is close to being viable now. He sees Linux and open source technologies becoming “the ultimate expression of social networks” of which the Internet is one expression. Although not mentioned by Jeff specifically, Edubuntu is certainly a step in the right direction from this perspective.
I think helpful words to describe what educational technologists should be are coaches, hand-holders, mentors, and integrators. I agree with Miguel Guhlin who has written previously about the need for educational technologists to infiltrate the curriculum departments of school districts, and become technology-using curriculum specialists in different content areas.
Educational technologists in schools are advocates, cheerleaders, encouragers and counselors. Their role is vital, and generally speaking, I don’t think we have enough of them at this point in most school systems.
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