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20 Warning Signs That you are Falling Behind the Times with Technology as a Teacher

by Kelly Walsh on January 19, 2014


Worried That You’re Not in Touch with Today’s Technological Tools in the Classroom? Do some of These Describe you?

Okay, so some of these are tongue-in-cheek, but some of them are quite serious.

It can be challenging to be a teacher today and be technologically out-of-date. Not only will you be lost when students and other teachers look to discuss some of these technologies with you, but you are missing out on tools that can enable students to stay in touch with learning outside of the classroom, and much more.

Most people don’t like change very much, and that’s normal and quite understandable, but if you bury your head in the sand the world is going to pass you by. Now that’s not to say that tech just for the sake of tech is a good idea in the classroom – it most certainly isn’t. Instructional technology use should be driven by pedagogy and not the other way around. We keep that in focus here on EmergingEdTech as we explore various uses of technology in the instructional setting.

For those of you who are on your game with today’s tech tools, give these a look anyway … you’ll get a good laugh out of some of them!

Here’s the list in plain text:

  1. You think that ‘mobile learning’ is taking a field trip
  2. You don’t make homework assignments or other important information available to students on a web page
  3. You don’t even remember how to get to the web page your school provides you
  4. You think that ‘tweeting’ is for the birds
  5. You think a Personal Learning Network is your television
  6. You think social media is just for teenagers and stay-at-home moms
  7. You think an iPad is someone’s groovy apartment
  8. You believe an ‘electronic portfolio’ is a briefcase full of CDs and software
  9. You wish you knew how to use your Blackberry better
  10. You think that ‘lecture capture’ is what students do when they take notes
  11. You think that ‘digital learning’ is something computers do
  12. You think Instagram is a new service from Western Union
  13. You think that Vine is something to swing on or pick grapes from
  14. You’re surprised that most students don’t use email
  15. You don’t let your students use Wikipedia as a reference
  16. You glance around nervously and hold on to your desk when you hear the phrase “flipped classroom”
  17. You still have a modem (okay, really just kidding on that one – the only modems left out there are in museums right?)
  18. You think MySpace is cool
  19. You miss your typewriter
  20. You think ‘gamification’ is what George W. Bush does when he plays Monopoly

If more than a few of these apply to you, you may be falling behind the times.

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Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sienna April 17, 2014 at 5:27 am

Уou have a talent with words.

#notadigitalnative March 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I’m a 1992 baby and already hopelessly out of date.

PracTutor March 12, 2014 at 5:11 am

This is really a nice article about the warning signs. Thanks a lot for this post..

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