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When Teachers Have a Different Device than the Students

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Teachers just like students have a variety of abilities when it comes to technology. One thing that seems to be a common practice in education, is to give the teachers a PC or Mac and give students a different device like a tablet or chromebook. How is the a teacher suppose to learn how to use a device, enough to teach students to use it, if they don't have one themselves to learn from? I've heard administrators say that chromebooks or tablets are good enough for students, but teachers have "real" work to do, so they need an actual computer. Is this true or does administration not really comprehend what happens when a teacher doesn't have the same device.

a) For the proactive teacher, it forces him/her to purchase the device out of their own pocket in order to keep up. We already know how small teacher salaries are to begin with.

b) Teachers will rely on the technology they have to teach (PC or Mac) and not immerse themselves in the learning experience that the students are experiencing. Of course this is not true for all teachers, but it certainly limits the progress of the teachers own learning in educational technology.

c) When a student asks for help, how can the teacher feel comfortable answering their questions about the device, if they haven't experienced it themselves?

d) It limits the teacher and consequently the students.



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Teacher, Speaker, and Author of Teaching in a Chromebook Classroom. Dr. Sweet has a Doctorate in Educational Technology and e-Learning. Her research includes: Screencasting Feedback in Online Learning. She has experience teaching every grade PK-12th grade. She is passionate about educational technology.