Give a teacher a computer
Give a teacher a computer,
And he will want Internet access.
Give a teacher Internet access,
And she'll most likely want an e-mail account.
Give a teacher e-mail,
And he'll just want learning games and more computers in her classroom. And tech support.
Give a teacher learning games,
And she'll want streaming video.
Give a teacher videos,
And he'll insist on an LCD projector permanently mounted in his classroom (with speakers).
Give a teacher a projector,
And she'll ask for an interactive white board (and training and time for collaboration and resources to use with it).
Give a teacher an IWB,
Then he wants a student response system, a wireless slate, and a document camera (and more support).
Give a teacher tech,
And then she wants all her kids to have it too. And the skills to use it well.
We'll that's the theory anyway and it holds for lots of my teachers. I always find it amazing (and even a little frustrating) that some teachers can't get enough technology in their classrooms and give their kids enough experiences using it, while other teachers still grumble at even having to use anything more complicated than an overhead projector. And I don't think it breaks down neatly along generational lines. Perhaps those who are reluctant were frightened by a vacuum cleaner as small children.
As an aside, this comes from a travel advice column in this morning's Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper when the author comments on the actions taken by a person whose hotel reservations were lost:
I think you handled this grievance pretty well. Call the hotel was an excellent idea, and so was following up with Expedia. But you should have pinged Hyatt again...
Pinged? First time I've seen this geeky word move from technical to general use. According to WIkipedia, the fellow who wrote the first Ping program back in '83 took the term from the sound sonar makes and only later was the acronym "Packet InterNet Grouper" devised. More than you wanted to know, I'm sure.
If you'll excuse me, I think I'll get the telephone and go ping my kids...