Thursday, February 18, 2010
Think Of It As Op-Ed, Not Journalism
I apologize. I admit, I only know one side of the Smart Board controversy.
I know they cost a small fortune and I have seen them in action. While they don't cure all that ails education, they are a great remedy for some of the problems.
My posting about this, as my postings about everything else I write about, comes from my frustrations with dealing with the bureaucracy of education and being able to do nothing about it. Over the years, I have seen thousands of dollars wasted on manipulatives, books, technology and countless other things, that no one ever uses. Many of these things were never worth anything to begin with. Smart boards, I know, have worth. But, I fear, they will end up collecting dust, like the exercise machine sitting in my basement because the exposure needed to use them properly has been severely missing. And, in a school the size of Packemin, it will be hard to get the hands on experience necessary to succeed with them.
Most teachers do not even know that Smart Boards require a special pen. I read a blog post by a teacher who was out one day and came back to find the sub used a dry erase marker all over the one in her room. I quote a colleague who, upon seeing the Smart Board exclaimed, "the board is smart, the teacher is not."
I apologize for any embarrassment my posts have caused. But, I stand by my writings. This blog is where I let off steam, where I can publicly bitch about the things I have no control over. It is a big part of who I am. I And, for the record, I would love to learn how to use a Smart Board and incorporate it into my lessons. I'm just not sure I have the time to do this--three preps and six classes is very time consuming.