Why ‘I Don’t Have Time For Technology’ Is No Longer Excusable

out of time clockI’ve read two really great posts this weekend about not having enough time to do this or do that. I get it. I’m busy like the rest of you. Father, husband, principal, student, learner, runner, and loving life.

The first is by Steven Weber aka @curriculumblog titled I Don’t Have Time. The other is by Nicholas Provenzano aka @thenerdyteacher titled Professionals Make Time For Learning.

Both make excellent points which I agree with completely. Most of you reading this will agree with them as well. However, I know naysayers are out there. Why else would these posts be written, right?

It may be cliche to write, but it is true we emphasize and focus on what is important to us. So, I enjoy spending time with my son and wife. I enjoy learning – why else would I be going back to school to earn my Doctorate? I enjoy running and reading. I also enjoy collaborating and learning on Twitter.

social mediaI’ve shared this before, but because of Twitter my opportunities and connections have grown. I have connected with educators right here in Springfield I had never and may not have ever met, others across the state of Missouri at Edcamp and on Twitter, and even more from coast-to-coast and outside the borders of the United States. I couldn’t make those connections without social media. I’ve learned with and connected with more educators in the last two years than most educators have in a lifetime.

Bragging? No. I’m just making the point of the power of social media.

My question then is why do we not focus more on collaboration with others in our own building or forming a professional learning network (PLN) to share ideas?

Why do we not experiment with integrating technology when appropriate with our students? Digital learning should emphasized on more than just one day a year.

Why do we not expand beyond the walls of our buildings or our district or even our local professional associations?

Is it because of the lack of time or something else?

Aren’t we all on the same team working together for a common purpose?

Collaborating and communicating for the good of ALL of OUR students has never been easier and less time consuming than right now!

I’m curious – what do you think/believe?

Save time by working smarter and not harder.

Together we are smarter than we are alone.

Won’t you grow with us?

Take the time. . .

Make the time. . .

Now is the time!

11 Comments

  1. Dwight Carter

    February 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    My wife has always said, “we make time to do the things we WANT to do.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s about priorities more than time and those who have harnessed and embraced the power of social media have made collaboration (borderless collaboration) a priority.

    Thank you for hitting the nail on the head!

    Be Great,

    Dwight

  2. Kay

    February 25, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Hi there
    I love your post – and agree 100%. I also find the comment ‘I’m just not a computer/technology/IT person” comes up frequently. My response to this is I totally understand. I”m not a maths person. AT ALL!! However, when I taught Primary School, I still taught an hour of Maths every day. Sometimes I needed to teach myself before the lesson, but I did it, because I knew it would not be acceptable to say “I’m just not a Maths person” and therefore pretend Maths did not exist, and exclude it from my teaching. Imagine the uproar if I did that! Unfortunately (for some) the time has passed when we could dismiss ICT as an optional extra; it, just like Maths, is now an essential part of the way we teach, and what we teach, and even if it is not a favourite area, it cannot be ignored. We must make the time. And we must include it in our teaching; for the sake of our learners and ourselves.

  3. Khorshed Bhote

    February 25, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I have been saying this, like many others over past decade. What stops people in education from engaging with tech for learning? I’m a teacher educator and I still get told ‘I don’t have the time’. To be honest it’s not time but a lack of vision.

  4. Lisa Noble

    February 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I’m reading this through the lens of a current discussion on polarizing statements. And I think the headline is one….I agree, to a point, but I think it’s not even so much about technology as why “I don’t have time for professional development” is no longer excusable. I think what I’m struggling with is not so much that people don’t have time to learn about tech, it’s that I’m not seeing many teacher learn about anything….what are they trying that’s different? what’s making a difference to their practice? When that lesson didn’t go well, what did you think about changing”. To me, it’s even more about reflecting and learning (however you do that) than integrating technology.

  5. Meredith

    February 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Aside from the now obvious utility of social media, just take a look at the incoming class of college freshman!!! It’s a language issue. These students were born in the Geocities-era and were just 12 years old when the iPhone hit the market. Facebook started years before that — they are social + mobile natives -Meredith

  6. Ian Craig

    February 26, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I would venture to bet that statistically, educators using technology appropriately in their classrooms are connected to more educators outside of their school than they are within. Much like our students taking an interest in any topic, we gravitate toward those we best associate with. If I can find a network of educators working hard to better the way we do what we do I’m in. Our profession has been heading this direction since we started hooking our schools up to the web nearly two decades ago. I love that you as an administrator recognize the power of PLNs and that even in your own building collaboration and PLNs may be struggling. All schools face this and there is no easy solution. It’s a total shift in the way we view technology and it’s role in our lives. The most important thing to remember is that our current students are digital natives and can’t imagine a world without networks. Our colleagues need to accept that this is the new way of learning and everyone from pre-k to admin is learning this way. But you have to want to learn in order to do it.

  7. Jeff

    February 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    “Is it because of the lack of time or something else?” Effort. And by that I mean most people are less willing to start/join something unless another influencer already has something well established and convincing (once again, most cases). It’s easier to be a follower of ideas and thinker, than to be the creator and follow through with something with grounded support.

  8. janoindia

    February 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

    It is very necessary to get some time out of our busy schedule to learn new things about technology, with growing demand of technology in youths and children their parents should also know about to tackle situation in-front of their child, else they will make fool of parents.
    In short, if you know technology, then you can handle many difficult situation easily.

  9. Jonathan Dallwitz

    March 2, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I’m a techie so I enjoy learning about all the new, fun ways of connecting students with the world. But I know plenty of my colleagues don’t share that excitement and curiosity. Maybe it’s to do with the rate of change, the sheer amount of new stuff to learn about for teachers? There’s something that happens in the human brain when it gets overwhelmed, it can tend to go into shutdown, bury-head-in-sand mode. I wonder what it would take to facilitate our colleagues to enter the fray, one step at a time?

  10. Daniel

    March 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Well sure, but it’s not really lack of time; it’s lack of inclination. And how much effort do we really want to put in to getting people to do something they don’t want to do?

  11. James Gill

    July 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Great post. This reminds me of a story I heard in university about a guy who had a huge pile of wood to cut. A wise man walking by stopped the woodcutter and pointed out his axe was really dull and that he should sharpen it. The wood cutter replied “I can’t – look at how much wood I have to cut!”

    Using technology in education not only offers new learning opportunities, but it can save students and teachers a lot of time when used wisely.