Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My First Blog Series - Common Misconceptions

I have been wanting to start a blog "series."  One that centers on a specific topic and will have a post (hopefully daily) related to that topic.  My new job this year as a TIS (Technology Integration Specialist) has opened my eyes to a ton of ideas and thoughts about the common misconceptions of technology integration that we face in education.  Technology is a growing tool in education.  One that we as educators need to have a better grasp of in order to effectively integrate it into our classrooms.  So, what are those common misconceptions?

8 Common Misconceptions about Technology Integration in Education

1.) Technology integration is THE ANSWER to improving test scores.

2.) New teachers have a better understanding of how to integrate technology integration in schools.

3.) Current teachers have no desire to learn how to integrate technology in their classrooms.

4.) Integrating technology is too expensive for my school to afford.

5.) I don't have time to learn how to integrate technology in the classroom.

6.) There can't possibly be any technology to integrate in the subject matter that I teach.

7.) I have to know EVERYTHING about the technology before I can integrate it.

8.) My students have a better understanding of the technology, and that is embarrassing.

What I plan to do is write a post about each of these common misconceptions.  If you have an article, blog post, or experience that you would like me to share in my postings, please share a link with me so that I can include it.  You can leave it in the comment section or Tweet me a link on Twitter.

Have you experienced or even thought about these common misconceptions yourself?


  1. I agree 100% with your misconceptions! I'm a young teacher integrating technology, but the truth is I learned everything from older, more experienced teachers! Many of the misconceptions you have listed here are roadblocks I am also running into while trying to spread the word in my school. I'm excited to read your posts!

  2. These misconceptions are true, and I agree with Ms. Spiezio that they are definietly "roadblocks."

    These misconceptions lead to blank looks, negative feelings about technology, and students and faculty behind an emerging trend(s)- and dare I say necessity- in education and preparing students for the "real world."

    Integrating technology in the classroom has shown to increase student participation and motivation.

    Further, in response to misconception #5, I think that is exactly why faculty need some type of incentive(s) to learn about intergrating technology in the classroom. It is our job as Technology Integration Specialists, Online Learning Assistants, and other technology integration professionals to provide faculty who think they do not have the time a reason to make the time.

    I will be interested to continue following this post, and sharing anything relevant I may come across!

  3. I also support your misconceptions especially #2 I have been teaching 20 years and wrote and received an iPod grant this year for my 5th grade class. Each student has their own iPod. I started my own blog to track all of my learning. The conversations through blogs, twitter and with younger and more experienced teachers have had a huge impact on my teaching this year which supports the misconception of #5. I will be interested in following your post.