Please share your experience in leading your school or colleagues to further and better adopt technology to transform education!
If you are interested in sharing your experience and expertise, please email a brief, informal description of your experience to begin a dialogue. Please let me know:
- What aspect of the change to a digitally supported Learning environment your experience addresses
- What problem your efforts solved or helped solve
- Which barriers to technology adoption and maximized appropriate use your efforts have supported or encouraged others to surmount…
- Which aspect of resistance to change you’ve dealt with and how.etc.
I very much look forward to your response.
For those from whom I've requested more detail after our first exchange, please reflect on the following... (or perhaps you are just curious)
Based on the list you see below how shall we describe your experience? (And, of course, feel free to come up with other ideas and/or the verbiage you’d prefer to use to describe it)
We can capture your ‘story’ by you writing your ideas and responses (I’ll edit as needed afterward), or we can set up an appointment for me to interview you.
(Actually, if there is a title or name of your role in this capacity, please let me know as that may help explain your experience)
(related to the above; ‘what’s the accomplishment’?)
- Resistance to Change
- fear of class management problems
- fear of too much work
- fear of looking foolish
- NO motivation to change to tech
- fear of the unfamiliar
- Teachers claim they can’t integrate tech into lessons because the students don’t have sufficient tech skills and they don’t have time or expertise tech skills to students
- Negative Undertanding of Technology and its role and impact in
Education - Teachers firmly hold beliefs that the adoption of technology
is a negative
- i.e. tech is bad for kids
- technology will replace teachers
- the adoption of technology will negatively impact one’s teaching or ability to teach (i.e. special talent or ability is required by teachers, very extensive training is required, the work involved will be overwhelming, the teacher will look ‘bad’ to the students,
- failure to see the great positives of EdTech, like the ways that technology makes things like: personalized/individualized instruction, and PBL manageable, whereas it would be unmanageable without it (although doable with great difficulty)
- Teacher Turnover (a significant portion of the school’s teaching staff is continually new to the school or profession – those who provide PD and support end up spending a great deal of time with teachers at ‘square one’ and there is far less opportunity for the school to have a crucial mass of teachers who are tech users who may support one another, ec.
- Professional Development not available or not accessible
… and this represents an insurmountable barrier to technology adoption, intergration and support for better student learning experiences.
- Lack of resources (or apparent lack of resources) cited as an
- (possible solution) re-discovering or re-considering overlooked technology already in place, like student SMART Phones… or perhaps using a single Interactive White Board to deliver valuable technology supported lessons and activities to students, etc.
- Difficulties in aligning tech with (required)curriculum
- Schedule as a barrier
- insufficient time for PD, curriculum work, or other time-dependent factors that act as an impediment to technology adoption
- Can’t Flip the Classroom because not all students have a connected compute or device at home
- Debunking negative and counter-productive myths and misapprehensions about EdTech
- Provide EdTech support to teachers by establishing peer networks in the school or showing teachers how to join and participate in them beyond the school
- Alternative Approaches to Professional Development (when not available or not accessible)
- enlisting parents to help
- creating networks of support
- Alternative Approach to Acquiring or Evaluating Resources (when Lack of resources (or apparent lack of resources) is cited as an absolute barrier
- (possible solution) re-discovering or re-considering overlooked technology already in place, like student SMART Phones… or perhaps using a single Interactive White Board to deliver valuable technology supported lessons and activities to students