Tech books for a tech teacher?
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I was hired as a librarian and had little to no classes on technology as part of my MLS schooling and have no real idea what I should be teaching them or ideas of good resources.
never really had any tech classes myself until high school, and by then everything I would have learned in a K-8 school I picked up through trial and error and just screwing around with crap. Obviously, that model isn't the most conductive to an educational atmosphere (except maybe Montessori schools?). Any help would be great.
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I'd like to know a little more about what your (or your school's) goals for "technology classes" are. Do you want to develop students' quantitative skills, writing skills, multimedia production, design, coding, research? (It sounds like the answer is either "all" or "any" of the above.)
I'm a trained-as-librarian now instructional-technologist/faculty-developer myself, and I guess I'd say not to devalue "just screwing around" as a personal learning strategy. Obviously it's a pretty poor lesson plan, but it's served my information needs acceptably. :-)
My district wants first and foremost for my students to start becoming aligned to the national standards for technology education. It's mostly very...regimental (typing in kindergarten, send emails in third grade or something like that). Most of our students do not have family computers and even fewer have Internet, so the absolute basics are all our district cares about, but of course I want to rise above that. I want my students to learn to "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" They need to learn to not be afraid of technology. That seems to be most of my coworkers' greatest problem. I can't begin to tell you how many times I get called to fix a coworker's "broken" computer only to get to their room and see that ubiquitous message "time and date are wrong, press F12." I want my kids to experiment!