The Tech Speak Translator: A database tool for educators and technologists
Ross Perkins, Todd Bowden, Ken Potter, Yu Cao, Juhong Liu, Virginia Tech, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
One of the main challenges in preparing teachers to integrate technology in classrooms is helping them overcome barriers created by what can only be described as a "techie" vocabularies. Examples are as common as hearing terms such as LCD projection, firewall, USB port, and so on. On the other hand, technologists often struggle to understand what teachers are saying to them when they use words like inquiry-based learning, Standards of Learning, or heterogeneous grouping. The standard approach to technology training has been to prepare teachers to speak the technology lingo. This approach takes time and does not always result in the teachers' readiness to communicate her/his needs in the same language. As part of its 2001 PT3 grant, Virginia Tech has developed an innovative database tool that translates the language of teachers and technologists so that both can come understand the others limitations, desires, and needs.
Perkins, R., Bowden, T., Potter, K., Cao, Y. & Liu, J. (2004). The Tech Speak Translator: A database tool for educators and technologists. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3564-3565). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).