Editors Note: John Marshall is a high school educator located in Spokane, WA with a Masters in Education from Washington State University and in the process of completing his PhD. John has joined with TrestleMedia to begin work on developing open-source technology solutions for the classroom and educational institutions. John is going to be writing weekly on the subject of technology in education and of his personal experiences and challenges.
I have been a teacher for the past 15 years of my life.
The previous sentence is what all teachers write every time they are approached to work on something that is beyond the realm of actually standing up in front of students and Teaching with a big T. All teachers use this cred-crutch (we just replace the fifteen with a rolling counter until we just quit Teaching and then die). I just did this two days ago while introducing myself to a group of educators and trainers working on game development with Multimedia Fusion 2.
And here is the thing with that statement...it just comes out sounding like, “I may not know anything about Multimedia Fusion 2, but dammit I have taught for fifteen years. Try that Mr. Technology Trainer.” It is a coping mechanism, because deep down, most teachers, at least the good ones, feel like they have been in the classroom so long they don't really know anything useful about what has been happening outside the classroom.
So in a...