I am trying to do a course about teaching with technology. We’re supposed to be talking about implementing technology. My attempts to discuss how we can implement these technologies when we don’t have adequate internet infrastructure, access to technology, e-learning is literally taxed to line some politicians pockets, etc. etc. have been politely shut down. Again.
“Hi Vicki, internet connectivity is a critical issue, and it must be addressed. Unfortunately, this is something that is outside of our control at present … so, in order to move forward with the learning on this course, I suggest that we focus on the things we can do given the current restricted situation! I hope this makes sense to you!”
Here’s the reality.
I am house-sitting at my brother-in-law’s house. I don’t have data on my phone, he doesn’t have uncapped internet, and I just used almost all his data watching videos and Prezzis for this course that won’t load and then reload and mess up because of a poor connection. So I’m leaving this thought here and coming back when I can.
This is a useless conversation unless we acknowledge that it is impossible to talk about any of these technologies when our data is so expensive and we can’t afford devices.
I am a white, middle class women with four degrees, six years of full time teaching experience. By South African standards, the only people more privileged and advantaged than me are the white men. I can’t afford the cost of this course. I literally can’t pay for the data. I can’t get a job with my qualifications. I spent all my savings in an unexpected operation, I’m living with my mother-in-law, my parents are paying for my medication. I’m forced to take a job in the Middle East in August because the money and resources I’ve spent on becoming a lecturer in South Africa have all been a waste.
Let’s talk about implementing technology into our teaching practices. If I’m struggling with my resources, how can those with even less access to resources cope?