Today I heard the news for our district's new technology plan. Hold on to your hats, friends, because this one is hard to believe:
- All teacher laptops to be removed
- All campuses currently using Mac computers shall have them removed, to be replaced by rented Dell desktops
- Grades 5 and up will now be allowed to bring in their own technology into the classroom (BYOT?) -- meaning your home home laptops, iPads, whatnot, are finally going to have access to the district Internets (sorry Grade 4 and under - you're on your own!)
I can't even begin to comprehend the thoughts driving this decision or the effects it will have on the students and teachers.
I've been using Macs in the classroom for the past 5 years. The students love them, they're very user friendly, and we absolutely use the software provided on our classroom desktops.
I use my laptop at meeting, training sessions, and at home to do numerous work related tasks.
I was told today that the reason behind the laptop removal is because "teachers only use their laptops to play around on the internet, and that's not a good enough reason to keep them."
The disrespect towards myself and other professionals from this one statement is quite simply -- as Liz Lemmons would say -- a deal breaker.
How do we prepare students for the jobs of the future when we aren't even equipped to handle the technology of today?
At best, it's embarrassing. At worst, it's damaging to students and teachers alike.
And it is definitely guiding my thoughts on who I am as an educator, and where I choose to invest my time.