We need web literacy for teachers not just students

This talk from Alan November got me thinking further to a post that I wrote called: Avoiding “Just Google it!” with your students. One of the points in Alan’s talk refers to the need to explicitly teach web literacy skills to students in schools. Upon reflection, I too am short of some techniques in terms of using search engines more effectively when conducting research and it would benefit me in learning these skills in order to better teach students.

I imagine that I am not alone in lacking the necessary skills to both search and use information from the Web. So, perhaps, Alan was being a bit to kind in his talk in not wanting to offend us educators. As many presenters and workshop leaders often do, they make assumptions that we know exactly what they are talking about, when in fact we may not. This got me thinking further to a recent tweet from Elena Aguilar:

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There is a degree of truth to this in that a number of strategies that we wish to see teachers implement with students in our schools are not avoided because teachers are lazy, or they do not simply have the time. It is, perhaps, more the case that some of our teachers need more coaching and support in exactly what students need from them in order to be successful in undertaking the tasks required of them. Not all PD is pathetic but some of it can be if we are ignoring the skills our teachers have, more importantly the skills they do not have, and then ask them to go out and perform wonders with students.

Alan poses a question in his TEDx talk that we should ask students: “Do you know how to use Google?” Of greater importance, the same question should be asked of teachers. This may well explain why I am now completing the free self-paced course on power searching with Google. As teaching today has become more complex than ever, you cannot have teacher accountability without support. If teachers are that important, then we must invest in them and differentiate the learning accordingly.

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Originally posted on Ed Leader

2 Comments

  1. Good one video @ yes fact you said because teacher should be have to understand their value and duty.they should be have to punctual too.

    October 9, 2017
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  2. Karen Justl said:

    This post really hit a nerve. Couldn’t agree more that today’s teachers are being bombarded with additional skills and strategies training. Many times it seems that we – who spend a good portion of some days researching and teaching skills to ourselves – expect campus leaders & teachers to learn them by osmosis. We lose sight of the multitudes of other tasks and training they are required to attend and complete.

    Additionally, try as we might, we cannot live the pains AND JOYS of learning for them. Years ago, with the help of my good friend Sara Wilkie, I had my really big “aha” moment. I remember the frustration of creating training and resources for teachers to lead them down the path of using a technology tool, and not being able to get them to drink! Duh! They needed to learn it and understand the “why” behind it for themselves. Learning is messy and needs to motivation behind it. I haven’t figured out how to fast track it for others. I’ve seen many (and tried a few) ways NOT to do it…

    I am actively participating in a process focus group in our district where we are spending 8 days (4 so far) of high-level thinking and exploration to improve an internal procurement process. I wonder how well our LMS would be adopted if our teachers were given 8 dedicated days (chunked throughout the year) to learn collaboratively with their peers… I bet it would be better than the 3 hours we give them today.

    October 16, 2017
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