I wish I could have heard Sue-Lyon Jones' (from The PLN Staff Lounge) brilliant and very clever song called "They Tried To Make Me Teach With Edtech" before the start of my Educational Technology adventure, over 18 months ago! I feel that the song sums up my experience of being resistant to modern technology for such a long time. As a previous committed life-long technophobe, I was really petrified of experimenting with technology beyond my simple emails, using the photocopier, Word and the OHP. These tools were for years the only means of technology I felt confident with.
Of course I kept up to date with what was going on via my younger colleagues and I read about blogs, wikis and VLEs (Virtual Learning Environments), but I simply didn't have the courage to experiment with them on my own! I was too scared, I admit it, of inadvertently pressing the wrong buttons and deleting everything, or of crashing the computer and breaking it. Well, as you may know from previous posts, these things have all happened to me since joining the edtech revolution and I have lived to tell the tale. I now accept that breakdowns are a part of technology and there is always a back-up plan to counter-act this, isn't there?
Ironically, I guess, my life turned around a full 360 degrees, when I actually inherited the computer that died a horrible, painful death one day, and it was going to be thrown into the scrap heap. I innocently asked K if he could possibly fix the computer for me to "play around with". Lo and behold, it indeed rose from the ashes like the Phoenix, and it is this very old computer that I am using now, that encouraged me to be a little bit more adventurous. My feeling was that if I accidentally "broke" it, it wouldn't be the end of the world, since it had already died before. That was my very simple philosophy, anyway. The rest, or so they say, has gone down in Abruzzo folklore...
Updated Animated Video Version
The GoAnimate version above was remixed from Sue's original video by the very talented Alex Francisco from Zarco English Tool of the Day.
Sue's song has such a catchy tune that I know you will be humming it to yourself straightaway! This song would make a great introduction to discussing the use of technology in education.
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