In our roles as international consultants, Nic and I recently gave a talk at the Learning & the Brain Conference in Boston, USA. I was there in person and Nicole provided her part through the magic of video(filmed from the UK). The title? “TechnoTeaching: Digital Literacy in the 21st Century.”
We loved having the opportunity to connect with so many smart and creative TechnoTeachers from all over the U.S., Canada, and other points on the globe.
Here’s one of the themes we presented: Finding yourself on the TechnoTeaching (TT) continuum. The idea was to give people a chance to reflect on where they are in the TT curve, where their colleagues are, and how everyone can step up their practice.
As far as what it means to be a TechnoTeacher, I explained about three key continuum elements - skills & tools, content, and mindset—and how, ideally, all three work together. In fact, we think this synergy is the single most important goal for teachers becoming TTs. For skills & tools, TTs uses a variety of edtech and other digital tools with ease. They help students learn the skills and acquire the necessary tools. For content, TTs integrate technology in a deliberate manner to engage student with the curriculum—a type of engagement would not be possible without the tools. And mindset—this is key. It’s all about a teacher’s worldview. TTs, I explained, embrace the use of technology and are willing to take risks. They are willing to take part in continuous learning and reflection for one major goal: helping students become global learners.
I hope this message was clear, and that it helped people deepen their understanding about their own skills & tools, content, and mindset.
So, here are our prototypes based on real teachers in real classrooms.
Three Prototypical TechnoTeachers: Which One Are You?
Meet TechnoNO! Melissa. Here’s a quick thumbnail sketch (above) for Melissa (much more in our book on all 3 prototypes—their dreams, fears, and how they learn to challenge themselves as teachers.
Next we presented TechnoMaybe Zayid.
Last, we presented TechnoYES! Jasmine. She is our rock star. Except that Jasmine needs to screw up her courage and take on a leadership role. In a nutshell, here’s Jasmine.
So, reader, while we had time to set the stage for this type of discussion, we didn’t have enough time to compare notes with the audience. We also didn’t get to hear their views on the skills & tools, content, and mindset of our TTs and themselves. And ours was the last talk after three intensive days, so people were a little fried. . . understandably. But maybe some of our TechnoTeachers who follow our blog will write in to tell us about the characteristics of the teachers they work with—and where they themselves are on the TT continuum! So, which type of TT are you?
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