Why I’m not suffering from ‘Technostress’

I was reading an article in  TechnologyEd (part of Australian Teacher magazine) about ‘Technostress’.

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Here is the workflow of my Year 9 lesson on Friday (note: we are a 1:1 laptop school).

Prior to class updated class page on LMS (Learning Management System) to let students know what was happening for the class. Loaded a YouTube link in the collaborative space (social stream) on the class page to spark discussion for the start of class. 

Start of class. Linked my screen to IWB using the Apple TV (we have put them in all classrooms to eliminate need for cabling and to provide a method for mirroring that will enable devices to connect regardless of ports they have – Air Parrot helps us to connect PCs via the Apple TV)

Opened LMS class page – showed the YouTube video. See below. 

Sparked a great discussion about sexualisation of young girls and entrepreneurship. Not specific to what we are focused on at the moment, but I’m a great believer in starting class with something that prompts thinking and sets the climate right for the rest of the lesson. Brain juices were flowing. 

Last student group were presenting a project. Opened my Hapara Teacher Dashboard and went to the student grid view – found the student’s Google Slide presentation and opened it so it was viewable to the class. 

After presentation, opened my Google Drive to create a collaborative doc that students could work on to provide feedback about what elements were necessary for an effective presentation. Pasted link in LMS class page so all students could access it quickly and begin offering their thoughts. Advised them to write their name in the doc so that they could ‘pin’ a place in the doc for their input. 

Had the doc viewable on the screen so that we could all see the doc forming. Set a time limit to encourage them to get ideas down quickly. 

Students identified elements of effective presentations and explained their choices. We then did some verbal analysis of the presentations they had been delivering in previous sessions and identified what they did well and what could have been done better. 

Sent them to the LMS class page to click on the link to another page developed to support our Pecha Kucha task  – they were just being introduced to the idea. A link to the Pecha Kucha site was on the page. We looked at the page together and played a couple from the most viewed section to learn about the technique. 

Class ended. Students were reminded to add comments to the Social Stream on the class page in response to the Tree House Dolls video and to add anything there they see that they think may be worth us looking at as a class. 

While I understand that there are teachers who feel stressed by the introduction of computing into classrooms and our constant availability when online spaces become the norm and expected practice in your school, I think some of us who have adapted would find it more stressful to have the technology removed.

Personally, I can’t imagine working differently from the way I’ve described above. I’m not sure my students want to work any differently either.

But I do want to qualify this: our school has strategically provided the systems we need to enable a workflow like mine to be possible. Teachers need support to understand how systems can work to complement one another enabling technology to become normalised practice within a classroom.

I’d recommend a read of the TechnologyEd edition. They do make some good points about the use of email in schools and the changing expectations of school community members when we are contactable 24/7. There was a suggestion teachers might want to delete their Twitter account – not happening here anytime soon!

5 Replies to “Why I’m not suffering from ‘Technostress’”

  1. Great post Jenny. Your students benefit from your expertise and sharing this online is a great model for others to follow, whether they be teachers or presenters in any other field.

  2. Interesting post Jenny. What stuck out in your post was the support structures put in place to support the actual device: LMS, Hapara, YouTube and even Flickr. For many schools such facilities are either unavailable due to supposed limited resources (it is often stated to me that there are many choices and money can often be found when needed) and blocking of certain sites due to fear I assume. I think that this lack of resourcing and often awareness actually creates the technostress?

  3. Hi Jenny,

    You are right … those of us who adapted and then found ourselves in an environment without all the mod cons do feel stressed without it!

    I live vicariously through blogs like yours, dreaming of a day when I will again have tech access. In the meantime I am back to the ‘good old days’ where my laptop (and my personal Ipad) are the best pieces of technology available … although I can’t always connect the Ipad to the datashow!!!

    But, I survived it once … at least this time I have experience to rely on! You are also right … Teachers need support to understand the systems, and to develop the confidence to explore the constantly evolving techno-landscape.

    Thanks for the post 🙂

  4. Jenny,
    The video that you posted had me in shock, because I had never been able to imagine the Bratz dolls in any other form than their original. It is amazing how someone can be so creative and simply turn a doll into something that speaks to the world in a positive way! I also love how you choose to start your class off with a video to get their brains thinking. It’s such a creative way to get them ready for the day. I have read a few of your blog posts and they continue to inspire me. Thank you for your posts!

    Emily Johnson

  5. Hello Ms.Jenny Luca

    My name is Shelby Jemison and I am a elementary education major at the University of South Alabama. I am currently taking a class called EDM 310. This course is to teach future teachers how to incorporate technology into the classroom. One of our assignments is to explore professional educators blogs. Automatically just by reading the title of this particular post It grabbed my attention. I have honestly never heard of the term “Technostress” . But I can see how someone could possibly feel this way. As I was reading your post I came to the video. I literally had to stop and look twice. Just by glancing at the paused clip I knew exactly what it was. Yesterday I had just came across this exact video on Facebook and it blew me away! I also posted this video, because of the way it truly opened my eyes and gave me such joy! I love everything about what this amazing family (mostly the mother) is doing with these dolls! I just thought it was crazy that we both posted about this specific video! I loved getting to read and explore your blog!

    Thank You
    Shelby J.

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