Courtesy of Ewan, I’ve sold my soul in exchange for a years free iTunes backup… In order to qualify for the freebie, I had to post a link on the Bandwagon Blog. Being naturally curious, I decided to have a wee look at what others had said about the service and so serendipitous clicking took me to the Langwitches site. Set up by Silvia Tolisano, a Technology Integration Facillitator in Jacksonville, Florida, I really enjoyed having a quick look at what Silvia’s been doing… and if you’re a Languages teacher I thoroughly recommend you visit her site.
One post in particular made me stop and think about how we approach technology as teachers. Silvia, a PC user, has just taken delivery of a new MacBook. Her comments make for interesting reading, as she has highlighted that, despite her evident skills, she is pretty much a newbie with the Mac. Rather than getting frustrated, she says that:
I am more conscious of how someone might feel who does not feel familiar with a computer. It does give me a different point of few, that I will need to have present, when teaching or introducing others to new tools or technologies.
She has highlighted something I think we all need to remember. Many times the things we do and take for granted are not particularly easy, especially for newbies. How often do we actually stop and take stock of what skill-sets our pupils actually possess as opposed to the skill sets we think they possess?
Perhaps it’s time we all made a switch, not of computers, but of perceptions.