This post might stir up some negative feelings, but please don’t take it as a swipe at your use of or your enthusiasm regarding technology in your classroom.
It seems everyone is labeling themselves “technology teachers” these days. I take issue with that for a number of reasons, but first and foremost: the title of “technology teacher” belongs to those who have the actual trained specialist designation of technology teacher; those who teach woodwork, drafting, metal works, etc. These secondary school teachable subjects have been called “the technologies” for quite some time now…give these guys a break! Don’t steal their entitled titles.
Semantics, you must be grumbling to yourself. Of course, you’ve already registered an awesome technology Twitter handle or started a fun blog with alliterations. Perhaps you weren’t aware that this teachable fell under the title of “technology.” Well, consider yourself in the know (and pass it along): you are not technically a technology teacher, unless you teach the aforementioned classes.
For me, as a computer sciences teacher, I (of all people) should be first in line to label myself as a “technology teacher;” however, I don’t want the title. I am a computer science teacher. I love that I am a computer science teacher. I trained to be one, I love to tell people about my job. I love to explain what I teach (digital media, yearbook, interior design, programming). My position includes teaching and using technology, but my position is more than just the computers I have in my classroom.
Here are three reasons why you should drop “technology” out of your self-proclaimed job title:
- Everyone, everywhere uses technology in their classroom to some degree. It’s 2015, after all. It doesn’t necessarily make you stand out (if that was your intention).
- You should be proud to be a Grade 6 teacher, an English teacher, a French Immersion teacher. You teach something special already, something unique and exciting to your students. People want to know what you teach, as well as how your teach it.
- Your tool isn’t your title. You don’t teach technology, you teach with technology. The difference is important. It isn’t just semantics.
Don’t sell yourself short with a disguise. What you teach is important, technology should be secondary.
Let’s all be teachnology teachers instead.