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What was the worst technology I would know as a teacher?
This got me thinking. What was the worst technology I had as a teacher which was the best at the time? For me, it's the overhead projector.
When I started teaching 20 years ago in Minnetonka-fourth grade in fall of 1995-I had an overhead projector in my classroom which I used constantly instead of a chalkboard. Remember those? Overhead marker ink on your palms every day from smears/erasing ink? By Sunday night most of it had washed off from the previous week of teaching and your hands looked pretty normal...
|If you're curious, the photo behind the frame is from a hike up|
Oberg Mountain on Minnesota's North Shore during fall color season.
I've kept this InstaFrame in my office as a visual reminder of how things were when I started. Sometimes it's good to pause and reflect on just how far things have come in two decades of technology integration, and to think about where things may go in the future. As Tom said, "The tech in our hands now will eventually be the worst kids know." If iPhones and iPads are the worst technology our kids will know, and the worst tech our new teachers have in their careers, what changes will 20 years bring? Unless I can find that DeLorean again, I suppose I'll have to wait to see!
Watch a video overview of Minnetonka's use of technology here.