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How to know You’re Out of Touch with Your Students — Instructional Technology Edition

With a nod to Mary Ann Reilly, some indicators that the teacher can reconsider his relationship with his students and their social world:
  1. You start class by directing everyone to turn off their cell phones and close their laptops. “You won’t be needing any of that,” you tell the students.
  2. You continue to use email as the sole method for communicating with your students and consider this method novel.
  3. You use your computer primarily to send and receive email; write memos, policies, and agendas; access the Internet for searching.
  4. You distrust the ‘notion’ that there are new literacies to be learned. You stand firm on the belief that reading is reading and writing is writing.
  5. Your College/Department/Course Web page is set up to ‘push out’ information.  There is a link where viewers can email those in the organization, but no other types of interactions are permitted.
  6. You do not allow Departments/Divisions/Centers to have their own Web page designs.  All Web pages are standardized and controlled by the College ‘point person’.
  7. Virtual learning is new and you support purchasing it by commercial providers such as Blackboard.
  8. You have not considered student Web presence for any reason. There are no department or course specific Web pages that feature student work.
  9. You haven’t communicated with any student using Facebook or Twitter (or any other social media sites).
  10. You think of Flikr as a receptacle for family and friend photographs but not as a potential educational site.
  11. You believe that video games belong in the arcade, not in the classroom and enforce such thinking by controlling curriculum.
  12. You support the purchase of desktop computers (they are sturdy) for labs and centers but are skeptical about the purchase of handheld devices.
  13. You believe students should purchase textbooks and are skeptical about those in your department who recommend using Open source materials so that students can reallocate textbook monies to purchase other types of materials/services.
  14. Texting isn’t something you understand or do and certainly you don’t condone its use during class.
  15. Going “paperless” in class is impossible. Best not to try something that radical.
  16. You have not established any process for students to purchase e-books or apps. You’re not sure these ‘extras’ are really necessary.
  17. You plan at least two “technology-based” lessons each year as a method for increasing ‘technology’ use in the classroom.
  18. Cell phones are not allowed to be used for any reason at school by students or only before or after class.
  19. You believe instructors should put an end to ‘Twitter” conversations with students.
  20. You think of technology as computer use.
  21. You are suspect of other instructors who “Tweet” as you wonder how they have all that time on their hands.
  22. You understand social media to mean Facebook.
  23. You are unaware of social bookmarking and have never heard of stumbleupon, diigo, slashdot, clipmarks, reddit, scoopit, newsvine, mixx, and so on…
  24. You understand that ‘curation’ is something that happens in museums by experts, not classrooms.
  25. You believe in the primacy of explicit knowledge recall as an indicator of students learning well.
  26. Blogging is a fad and should not be used in college classes.
  27. You do not advocate for student-developed multimedia texts as the whole issue of ‘storage’ continues to be a problem.
  28. Students send you projects in a format you don’t understand (Slideshare, Mashup, Issuu, and so on).
  29. You understand YouTube to be a site where people watch movies.
  30. Your college technology director is not an educator.
  31. You know there’s a Cloud, but feel it is ‘safer’ to keep your data, products, email on your own servers.
  32. The only office suite you’re familiar with is Microsoft.
  33. Plagiarism is plagiarism and copyright is copyright and you support the enforcement of these strict rules. You have no understanding of Remix via Creative Commons license.
  34. You’ve heard of Google+ Hangouts, but haven’t used it for student conferences.
  35. You once tried to use Google Docs in order to share course notes with students, but believe that it is more productive to email the document to your students instead.
  36. You have no idea what any of these symbols mean:
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