Are computers getting in the way of good educational technology?

This is sort of a rant, but despite our forward-thinking staff trying new technology and trying new internet tools, the fact of the matter is that sometimes the computers themselves just don’t cooperate.  I hate the smug looks I get from teachers who are anti-technology when I am working on something new and exciting and the computers are fussy and the internet is spotty.  They seem to say: SEEEEEEEE!  I never have that kind of problems with my McGuffey Readers and my dittos! 

So: Here’s my all-time wish list for school technology:

1.  Always on, always fast internet that works the same whether 100 users log in at the same time, or only one.  No freezes, no blips, no errors.

2.  Computers that can run the internet.  Always.  Any browser.  Anytime. Forever.  No Admin Warnings.  No login problems.  No spinning wheels of death.  Just work. 

3.  One more computer than I need, regardless of my class size.  Sure you can shove 30 in my class.  Just make sure there are labs and laptop carts that count to 31 (well, I want one).  Want to shove 35 in?  Sure, the more, the merrier, but make sure you add computers to labs and carts, or I have a problem.

4.  Folding chairs in labs.  Because if I see one more kid spinning in the comfy office chairs they provide the labs with, I am sure I will tip them over and duct tape the base to the spindle.  Okay, this one is not as urgent as the others, but I stand by it nonetheless…

Anything I missed?


2 thoughts on “Are computers getting in the way of good educational technology?

  1. How about up-to-date programs on the school network? Evernote would be nice- Windows 7 or Google Chrome would be nice. All I want are for kids to see at school what they see when they log in at home as well. That isn't too much to ask, now is it?Kerry

  2. Yeah, you bet. I do almost everything online, but yes, even aging operating systems can be a pain. Good one. I will add that to my list!!!! I know my administrators can't wait to hear about it.

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