Educational technology is nothing more than a set of learning tools…just like the pencil. If the excuse is silly for the pencil, it is pretty silly for the laptop, the iPad, or other digital device.
I'm just not tech-y enough to understand those pencils. I have enough on my plate already. #pencilchat
@surreallyno suggest that "Time consuming is a mindset. I would say time investing."
Another great concern among the technophobic is the worry over breaking something or that the students will "doing something wrong" with or while using the technology.
I don't trust kids with pencils. They end up doing sketchy things when I'm not looking. #pencilchat
#pencilchat I'm not using pencils until we have a team of experts to keep them sharp, and a policy about kids who break their pencils.
Not just FERPA... But COPA helps us understand that all educators are reckless for letting kids 12 and under use pencils. #pencilchat
If your kids have access to pencils in the classroom, what's your strategy to keep them from spending too much time doodling? #pencilchat
The legal issues are daunting: what if a student writes inappropriate content with his pencil? #pencilchat
Wondering if schools are responsible for students' out-of-school pencil behavior? Any good AUPs out there? #pencilchat
This school year has been especially challenging as we rolled out a major technology program, Moodle. Moodle is a Learning Mangament System very similar to the systems used by major colleges and universities. It gives teachers and students the ability to access all class resources, turn in assignments, grade completed assignments, send and respond to comments, etc. all online.
Here are some tips I have learned this year:
- eliminate tech jargon and simplifying steps
- begin with a narrow, focused presentations working within content/subject area peer groups
- train in shorter, more frequent sessions that include plenty of time for guided practice with content/subject area peer groups
- differentiating training into stages: beginning, intermediate, and advanced lessens feelings of intimidation, lack of self-confidence, and fear of making mistakes.
- model and demonstrate how the technology can be used effectively within the content/subject area peer groups
- end by providing a well-developed lesson or activity that can be used immediately upon returning to the classroom and set up a time to co-teach using the new technology
- be sure to follow up to encourage and congratulate staff members at even the smallest successful task
- pair staff members with a knowledgeable co worker who will continuously check on reluctant staff to assess if more training is needed and if staff is comfortable with technology
- be available for teachers to ask new questions that come up as they work with the new technology
- introduce new technologies in a fun, relaxed, "unstructured", social environment:
For more information about providing successful PD Training to the Technophobic I would watch: