Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

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Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

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Article excerpt

I HAVE BEEN executive editor of T.H.E. Journal since May. During that time, it's been a relief to meet and communicate with some of our readers. The reason? It's been nice to learn that not every single of one of you is more tech-savvy than me.

I'm always the last guy to get whatever the newest device is. Everybody I knew was absorbed in the Android vs. iPhone conversation while I was still fumbling around with the free phone Verizon gives you when you sign a two-year contract. My wife and I haven't actually downloaded a movie from Netflix yet--even though we've been paying the monthly charge for almost a year.

And I've been interested to learn that my wife, who is a teacher, is not unique in her experience with technology in the classroom. This year, she's got a new interactive whiteboard in her classroom. Before the fall semester started, she had a couple of training sessions with a frazzled tech specialist. It wasn't enough. So far, she's managed to screen a few movies; that's about it.

I know you know teachers who face this kind of a situation. (Maybe you are a teacher who is in a similar predicament.) We have great aspirations when it comes to using technology for teaching and learning, but we don't always have the greatest execution of those goals.

When I say "we," I am including T.H.E. Journal. We are not a how-to guide, but we do aspire to guide you through some of the issues and challenges you face in creating technology-rich 21st century schools. …

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