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New Tech Teacher? I Understand You

Posted by on August 22, 2013

If you teach technology, it’s likely you’re a geek. Even if you didn’t start out that way–say, you used to be a first grade teacher and suddenly your Admin in their infinite wisdom, moved you to the tech lab–you became a geek. You morphed into the go-to person for tech problems, computer quirks, crashes and freezes.

Overnight, your colleagues assumed you received an upload of data that allowed you to Know the answers to their every techie question. It didn’t matter that yesterday, you were one of them. Now, you are on a pedestal, their necks craned upward as they ask you, How do I get the Smartscreen to work? or We need the microphones working for a lesson I’m starting in three minutes. Can you please-please-please fix them?

Celebrate your cheeky geekiness. Flaunt it for students and colleagues. Play Minecraft. That’s you now–you are sharp, quick-thinking. You tingle when you see an iPad. You wear a flash drive like jewelry. The first thing you do when you get to school is check your email

It’s OK. Here at Ask a Tech Teacher, we understand. The readers understand. You’re at home. To honor you, we’ve created two posters to proudly display on your classroom wall. They provide more ways to get your geek fully on as you go through your day.

Any questions? Email me at askatechteacher@gmail.com. I’m here for you.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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4 Responses to New Tech Teacher? I Understand You

  1. Jacqui

    I got this comment via email and wanted to share it. It so resonates with exactly how I felt my first year:

    “Love the post today! I was a first grade teacher last year! Was moved to tech this year! I feel very chaotic and just don’t even know where to begin with middle school! Of course they switch you but don’t really give you any direction!

    Sent from my iPhone”/

  2. Lois Brooks

    Thanks for posting this Jacqui! This is me!
    I am an accountant. Moved from the business department at school to Pre-K teacher’s assistant, while running extended care and summer camp…went on to become the elementary librarian and now work library and computer together for Pre-K 3 through 8th grade. Haha. What a ride!

  3. Jacqui

    There is something different about a tech teacher who loves what she’s doing. We have a geek gene that helps us relate to students with the same mutation. It’s to be celebrated! Do you ever find the need for silence that truly is unattainable in the tech classroom? My math side loves quiet.

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