Saturday, October 15, 2011

Where is the bar for teacher tech know-how?

I was having a conversation with some teacher types about technology use by staff. We were talking about PD and someone suggested we offer more PD on file and email management. A stirring debate started about offering this.

The main question is this, "At what point are teachers, or any professional, expected to know basic computer functions as part of their job?"

Should time and money be spent on showing staff how to create folders? After 10 plus years of computer training offering, should there be certain expectations for computer use and should teachers be held accountable for not learning?

Is a messy desktop akin to a messy classroom?

Exactly where is the bar for teachers and tech know-how? Is it too low?

I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this issue.