Today was one of those days where you think, “really? I work with this stupid technology stuff?”. It was a day where the help desk had put an editing program onto an academic’s computer but it was build number 2 when the rest of us have build number 16. So nothing worked like it should. It was a day where I got the email pointing out that the Moodle template we were issuing for all units had grammar errors – bad ones – and I (the English teacher) hadn’t seen them. It was a day where I spent too much time trying to debug issues for people when it really should have taken two seconds and then, to top it off, the printer didn’t work. I wanted to be a good corporate citizen and fix the issue so turned it off, on, checked ethernet cables, turned it of and on again and then finally reported it to be told, “Oh yeah, they’re down across the University”. *sigh*
But then I came home. My inbox was overflowing with new posts on the blogs I follow. And I settled down to read.
And I was amazed.
People in this world are so smart and they a thinking, hard, about technology in education and how we use it, how we should use it and when we should walk away. In this job I’m trying to convince people that technology is an asset in education, when, like all tools, it is used properly. Days like today remind me that even when it used properly, sometimes it won’t work properly. And then the people remind me that even when it’s not working, there still time to think about it and talk about it, to make it better.
Thank you to people who think about technology in education. And thank you to the people who share those thoughts and for those who comment. Sometimes I need a reminder that the conversation is beneficial – now to remember to have it tomorrow with the wonderful people I work with rather than just telling them that technology is the best……