Teachers’ survival kit in techland

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Welcome to The Matrix. Which pill are you going to take? Blog version: http://andonisanz.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/teachers-survival-kit-in-techland.html

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  • 1. Teachers survival kit in techland:Welcome to The Matrix. Which pill are you going to take?1. Teacher basic profiles: know your colleagues.1. The expert: hes uptodateall the time and knows great solutions for your techproblems. He also looks forward to sharing strategies with you. Stick to him, but dontbother him too much with your doubts.2. The survivor: not an expert but he tries hard and know basic things as hes realized aboutthe importance of tech in school. Besides he doesnt want to fall back as he sees hiscolleagues improving. Collaborate with him.3. The runner: doesnt know much and doesnt want to know. He escapes from anyattempts from his school to get involved in tech projects, and hell even try to sabotagethem. Bet youll find him criticizing the expert. Avoid him at all cost.10. New technologies must serve education, and not the other way aroundTechnology applied to Education has to be: easy, clean, straightforward and effective, amongmany other positive characteristics. Dont even try to be a magician or a funambulist. If sometech solution imposes too many constraints then its badly designed, its interface is not good,or it hasnt any pedagogic basis. Discard it.11. A good approach usually involves a combination of different tools.

2. Some teachers love brands blindly. If they like something they just exclusively use it while theydetract other things. Avoid it.Visualize edtech as a puzzle. Pieces wont make the picture, but dont force the assembling.100. Pedagogy is the key, technology must just be subdued to it.Clear enough, isnt it? Many cant see as clearly.101. Aesthetics, the red ribbon.Its demonstrated: humans are attracted by colorful things. Were similar to bees flying aboutlooking for flowers. A mediocre but beautiful resource can attract more people than a good butugly one. So, look for the best mixture: good and beautiful (and cheap!).110. Beware of buzzwords.Dont get mesmerized by buzzing things. A stupid thing goes on being just that, even if itssupported by millions of people. Be critical, check their presence on the Internet (read my otherarticle Tracking down buzzwords) and use your common sense (not so common nowadays).111. Dont expect things to come out as you planned. Contingency plans are mandatory.WIFIs not functioning, viruses wiping computers out, password related problems,incompatibility affairs, students cheating on you Have a plan B with some offline resources,or move to plan C and take out the scrolls.1000. Be openminded,be skeptical, be all together.Being a tech fan teacher doesnt mean you have to try everything. Give it a try to proven tools,and a fast try to the new ones. And, most important, keep the whole picture in mind. 3. 1001. Be uptodate.In this new changing world the meaning of stuck in the past could be a matter of just 1 month.Being deranked from expert to newbie is easier than ever.1010. Socialize.Many people have already done what you want to go about. Ask them, check social networks,itll be faster than investigating on your own.1011. Track, measure, come to a conclusion and rearrange.Keep a record of your tools, their uses and results. Quantitative measures do help in theprocess. Isnt that the famous quality control system?1100. Think about the future.Play the sage and forecast the future, Einstein style. Hidden realms of the mind suddenlyoverflow when they are excited....more to come. 4. BIOAndoni Sanz /ndn sn/ is a Computer Scientist working as a STEM Teacherand IT researcher. Google Certified Educator and Moodle expert hesimmersed in a non-stop research on technology applied to education combinedwith the latest pedagogy trends, as b-learning, gamification or flippedclasses.Actually hes working on a project called Gamecodization: teaching codingthrough video games.For more information or to contact him:Blog: http://andonisanz.blogspot.comWebsite: http://www.andonisanz.comCoding: http://www.gamecodization.comTwitter: @andonisanz