Technology Winners vs Losers

Categories: Philosophy, The Classroom
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Published on: December 4, 2012

I found this chart referencing exercise and motivation, but I find it applies equally to technology adoption:

Winners vs Losers
Which side is your district on?

While “loser” may be a bit harsh in reference to a teacher who finds it difficult to learn new technology (much less apply them in the classroom), the general idea fits. A teacher who successfully integrates technology starts with the ideas listed under the winners column, while the teachers who struggle often have the frustrations under the losers column.

Consider “It’s too difficult.” This is often expressed as “I don’t have time.” These teachers are not looking beyond the immediate change. They are intimidated by new processes and new technology, and as such it’s difficult for them to understand the long-term benefits.

Next we have “See the pain.” These are the teachers who consider only their workload, or the effort they must put in to learn something new, and not the benefit the students will receive. I have teachers who often tell me, “I just don’t understand technology.” I understand the sentiment and I try to alleviate their frustrations as best I can, but do we ever accept “I just don’t understand math” from a student?

The “See the problems” teachers are the ones who worry about the naughty things kids might do with a device. For example, “They’re just going to be on Facebook all day.” Yes, a certain percentage of kids will not be reached. But what about the students who would take full advantage of a tablet or laptop if given the opportunity? Do we rip out a whole computer lab because a few students vandalized some of the equipment?

Finally, they just “Let it happen.” This could more accurately be expressed as “Have it forced upon them.” Whether it’s true or not, this is how the teacher feels, and because they have not taken ownership or participated up to this point, adoption gets even more difficult for them. In some cases, it becomes resentment, and they even find themselves at odds with administrative evaluation tools.

So what do we replace the word “loser” with?

Or, more importantly, how do we get our teachers into the other column?

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