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Technology glitches tick off teachers

Original post made on Nov 21, 2008

Teachers packed the school board meeting room Tuesday night and gave rocking applause to speakers who - while acknowledging the potential of Internet technology - said they are dissatisfied with how it's being used in the district.

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Comments (12)

Posted by JJ50, a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:11 am

Slow servers? Lack of training? Not being heard by management? Too many emails by parents? Uncompensated time? Grow up teachers!! This is what we all face in our jobs. Don't think you're so special and stop complaining. I get so tired of hearing about how oppressed teachers are. If you're unhappy about your working environment, get a new job like the rest of us do. You have it very easy compared to a lot of us working stiffs.


Posted by RAM & Associates, a resident of Blackhawk
on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:04 am

Inadequate hardware(servers,computers) and improper training is a continuing problem in this age of technology in (private and public industry). In our current economic times, your lucky to have a job!! Industries and private sector is not spending the money to train or buy computer hardware...they have to do with what they already have. If you want computer training, access computer books or go into google to access the information you need and dig into the how the software is used. Since I've been a computer industry for 40+ years, during the early days, we had to learn on our own!! Today you have classes and books to read and experiment.


Posted by Bob Mole, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:37 pm

The complaints about technology at SRVSD ring familiar with my work experiences with a major public utility and a major HMO. There is something inherent in technology that results in major financial expenditures in purchasing hardware and software but a total lack of sufficient training of employees and more importantly lack of on site tech assistance.


Posted by Jody, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Yes, I think the teachers have a good complaint. Just because ALL of us have it, doesn't mean it's not valid for teachers.


Posted by Robert, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 23, 2008 at 9:52 am

I think the comments telling teachers to grow up are a bit immature themselves. If you work a full eight hour day and then have to come home and spend another few hours grading papers and then still more time handling school loop and other e-correspondence then that is a problem. Teachers are people too who also deserve some time to themselves. I don't think it's unreasonable for them to ask for sufficient training and understanding of what they are doing. And now that the district has an IT director, maybe some of that will change.
Rob.


Posted by peterpetroski, a resident of Danville
on Nov 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm

The teacher is complaining about a parent wanting to partner with them? (What homework will Johnny be missing so I can be sure that it is covered with him).
Email connects people and the teacher should be glad that it is asynchronous and doesn't require them to answer a phone and actually talk to parents.
In fact, the teacher SHOULD be taking advantage of the technology and view it as a way of communicating what she/he needs the parents to be doing.
I don't think the education of my child is the total responsibility of the education system and the education system should be involving me to maximize their effectiveness.


Posted by getreal, a resident of another community
on Nov 26, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Teachers must decide if they are blue-collar workers or white-collar professionals. Teachers seem to want the respect that a white-collar job brings but they want to be paid for every hour worked like a blue-collar worker. White-collar professionals work many hours beyond 40 without pay. As a CPA, I know that from January - April 15th, I will be working 60 hours a week. I'm not paid any extra and don't expect to be. I'm a college educated white collar professional and that entails working hours beyond 40 wihtout expecting additional compensation. I'm not saying the teachers are right or wrong. I'm just saying that they have to decide if they are blue-collar workers or white-collar workers. If they are white collar workers then they shouldn't gripe about working hours beyond 40. If they are blue collar workers then we should have them punch time clocks and they should be paid for every hour worked.


Posted by Danville Dawn, a resident of Danville
on Nov 28, 2008 at 10:34 am

I want Rob's job...only 8 hours a day? I work 10-12 hours a day, basically, whatever it takes to get my job done each day, somedays more. It's my chosen profession, and just like "getreal", I'm entitled to the prestige that comes with my job by the "free" hours I work. And I work a lot more of them since my computer, iPhone, crackberry, headset, etc... all became more readily available. I get emails at 10-11pm, and I respond. It's the reality of work in the new Millenium. Get used to it...with companies cutting back, it will be those of you who are willing to work and do what it takes to keep your job, that will be keeping your job.


Posted by Louise, a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Nov 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I am embarrassed to have JJ50 as a member of my school community! Is he/she saying that: 1) One should never try to fix problems they are having AND 2) Being a school teacher is "easier" than his/her job! I'd suggest JJ50 try being a school teacher before making that assumption! I have never been a class room teacher, but have volunteered in them enough to realize that I would NEVER be able to handle their job with the same skill/professionalism/patience that I have observed. Give me 2 hours unpaid overtime anytime, over the stressful, uncompensated work that they already do! The article was also a good wakeup call for parents to refrain from sending unimportant emails to teachers. It doesn't take too much time for us to send one- but multiply reading and responding them from all parents, and one can see how this would definitely distract a teacher from doing what is most important- teaching!

Teachers have every right to point out the problems with the system and technology- I'm sure if JJ50 had a computer that didn't work and no technical support to get it working- he/she wouldn't just sit back and do nothing!

Thanks teachers for all your hard work!


Posted by Kim Dijkstra, a resident of Danville
on Nov 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Teachers need the support from their community but also tech support so they can understand how to use the technology in the most efficient way possible. I think there should be inservice days for this goal and not expect the teachers to try and figure it out on their own in their own time. That is not fair. If we impose a new system, we should make sure they get all the help they need to implement it. Simple as that.


Posted by Mike Briggs (mike.briggs@sun.com), a resident of Alamo
on Dec 5, 2008 at 10:41 am

I, for one,would be happy to volunteer to help get teachers up to speed on technology. I'd assume there are lots of tech savvy people in our community that feel the same way. The trick is finding those people, then organizing the effort. (district wide,then by school.) There are plenty of tools available that would facilitate such an effort. If anyone in school management is listening, sign me up. Having been an IT manager I understand it isn't just about slow servers and too much email. A comprehensive plan and support structure is needed. A key point is that it needs to be fun and high value add.


Posted by chris, a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I think Sheryl is pretty hot and she's not a complaining teacher.

Thank you.


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