If you missed middle school teacher Patrick Ledesma's serious but funny blog post about how to determine whether you need an interactive whiteboard (you know, the smart kind), we're here to make sure you see it. Ledesma is now the technology specialist at his MS in Virginia, where he still chairs the sp-ed department. In his spare time, he's one of this year's classroom ambassadors at the U.S. Department of Ed. Here's a snippet from his post:
We focus on the technology to get the desired behavior, rather than focusing first on the teacher skills. We do that afterwards, when we now have two challenging tasks: helping the teachers learn the technology skills while also learning how to integrate the technology in an instructionally appropriate way that may or may not match their teaching style.
If you have an IWB but it's mostly gathering dust, read Patrick's second post with three small steps you can take to redeem yourself.