Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Sponsorship in the classroom?

I think everyone can agree teachers are underpaid and underappreciated. Is it okay to allow teachers to be sponsored, so to speak, in their public education classrooms? Click on the photo to read "Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues" and let me know what you think in the comments below.
I used to teach in a school funded by Microsoft and 21st Century Grants. I now teach in a school that struggles to keep outdated Chromebooks working. Which is more successful? My current school. Technology is great but the bottom line is the staff. The support from administration and parents is key to empowering teachers through training and freedom to utilize technology. We were told exactly how to use one-on-one iPads, smartboards and online tools but not empowered to explore and reign in, if needed. The students also saw their iPad, which went home with them, as toys not educational tools. Some families at home also failed to see the potential as they tried to hack school iPads so they could use them for unapproved tasks. My 2cents - it might have been more successful if rolled out over time so it wasn't so overwhelming for teachers and student training was provided at school before iPads went home. The school is now closed and it was sad, very sad.

It's a slippery slope when public school employees are funded personally by outside sources in their classrooms. I've run into this when attending professional conferences. The information is great but seminar titles and blurbs are misleading. A class at the last one I attended was titled as "Supporting English-Language Development Through Deeper Learning." Once my colleague and I had been listening for 20 minutes, we noticed no one made mention of and specific ELL strategies and the only apparent topic was how to use Apple products in your classroom. I might have been less frustrated and still attended if presenters had just been transparent and titled it "How to use Apple products in your classroom effectively." It would be easy for people to unknowingly focus on their own bottom line instead of the learning going on for students. However, if a person is very strong and confident, I can see how it can be a win-win providing the teacher, as those presented in the article, look on it as a separate job, as enhancing their skills but not dictating practices for students.

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