Tonight I went to a meeting where we reviewed a new proficiency test for students in the 8th grade. The test is to see if they are literate in technology or not. The biggest problem that I could see with the test was that most teachers would probably have a hard time being “proficient” in the skills that are wanted by the state. This leads me to think that the students are also going to have a hard time reaching proficiency.
Surprisingly (or maybe not), many of the questions seemed to focus on social networking strategies and skills. The problem with this is that in many schools, social networking is for the most part blocked. So, with teachers who don’t know how to use social networking effectively, and no access for students, this is going to make passing the test pretty tough.
Ok, enough of the negative. I guess that is our job. As teachers, we need to actively learn all that we can about the technology and then make sure we pass it on to our students. It can be done. It has to be done. Don’t they say that walls are meant to be climbed? All I can say is, “Get out the climbing gear.”