I know that technology is all the rage right now. EdTech this. BYOD that. (In case you don’t know what that mean, it’s “Bring Your Own Device.” Ugh. Don’t we have ENOUGH acronyms in education already?!) Well, here are three reasons why technology sucks.
1) It’s not the jam because it JAMS. Dealing with the copy machine takes up at LEAST 80% of my prep time.
What Others Ask: “Oh, why don’t you have individual copies for each student so that they can better access your lesson?”
What I Want To Say: “Oh, why don’t you go tackle the MONSTER that is the copy machine? Oh, you can’t? You have to wait in line behind 10 other teachers? Or pound out 75 copies of something that you need in approximately 45 seconds? Good luck.”
The copy machine is probably the #1 thing that would drive me out of this profession.
2) When something breaks, so does your classroom management. Along with your mental sanity.
What you Think: Oh, the projector doesn’t work? Take a few minutes to fix that up. While your kids wait patiently as you fiddle with all the wires.
What Actually Happens: Oh, the projector doesn’t work? Take a few seconds to fix that up. While your kids lose patience and start rolling around the carpet, doing headstands, touching each other, and World War III suddenly breaks out in your classroom. Oh, and the projector still doesn’t work.
3) iPads and Online Learning Programs are just way more engaging and more colorful than your teacher.
I listen to One Direction. I can do somersaults and cartwheels. I can dance on tables. But, somehow, the Boring Square will always win. Despite the fact that the moral of that music video is that you should get plastic surgery done and chop up parts of your body if you are unhappy with it. Horrible.
This is what my parents must have felt like when pagers and Nokia Snake phones were all the rage.
I feel old.
This post was inspired by my Starbucks phone app refusing to reload money today when I had already ordered my drinks. Resulting in Amanda having to come save the day so she could bring me 63 cents to pay off the barista. Technology ruins everything.
Question of the Day:
- Are you a technology lover or do you resist it as much as possible?