I tweeted a while back that I was tired of talking about "technology integration" and really technology as a whole. We always talk about how it should be integrated but then we continually separate it out when it comes to professional development and evaluations. Granted, sometimes there needs to be a focus on a specific content area, but the more we silo our content and instructional techniques, the farther from "integration" we get. My tweet, and I'll paraphrase, wondered when will we get to the point where we stop talking about who "integrates tech" and instead just talk about good teachers? (Too which Kelly Tenkley mentioned, why not just go for "great teachers?" Point taken.)
Technology doesn't solve all problems. It can be a bit more problematic than a #2 pencil every now and then. Our tech director hit it on the head during a discussion tonight - technology doesn't make a teacher good. Neither does a good textbook.
I'm fairly confident I'll be preaching to the choir here, but I'm tired of it being instruction and technology. We have to get administration to understand that it's very difficult to be a good...OK, Kelly...a GREAT teacher if you never use technology with your students. I didn't say you have to use it every minute of every day. It's not for all situations. But it does offer opportunities that a pencil and paper can't.
While we are at it, when are we going to give the kids choices in how they share their learning? Don't tell them they HAVE to use a poster for the presentation, or HAVE to user PowerPoint, or Animoto, or Prezi, or whatever else. "Here's 5 or 6 options. Got a better option? Use it. But you need to be able to explain to me a, b, and c. I'll check in with you tomorrow to see your progress."
A great teacher uses the best tools available to them at the time. That tool varies depending on your students, curriculum and learning environment. Make it a goal over the summer to find better (not new - that doesn't always equal better) ways to meet your curriculum goals and objectives next fall.