|Timestamp||Position||Summarize Your Thoughts|
|11/17/2009 20:03:58||Teacher||If I motivate anyone at all, I suppose it's by showing stuff my students have done. No idea what to do about flat-earthers.|
I think teacher apprehension is largely about loss of control: immediately - in the sense of not fully mastering the tech / it going wrong; and more generally, perhaps a fear that accepting tech feels like it may involve throwing away hard-won competences.
|11/17/2009 20:04:25||Administartor||Motivation comes from success. Use the same strategies as with students - meet them where they are. Change is always painful but change WILL come. |
For those who refuse to integrate - it depends. Is it mandatory by the school or district? If so, refusal becomes grounds for dismissal. Why do we hesitate to dismiss employees who demonstrate poor performance or insubordination? In corporate America, these people would be looking for a job. Why do we not hold the same standard for educators but accept sub-par employee performance?
I think the main reason teachers are apprehensive is that they wonder if they learn it now, will budget cuts cause them to lose it later? Valid concern. Another is the implementation dip - change is a process. Everyone is in a different place on the continuum.
This was my first time to #edchat. Enjoyed it and was challenged to think.
|11/17/2009 20:08:02||Pre-Service Teacher||I think that many teachers are apprehensive because technology is ever-changing. It can be very intimidating for those who don't keep up with the current trends, such as twitter, delicious, and blogging. I think that for many teachers, however, if given more technological support and resources, they might be more prone to check things out. I know that I was not personally an advocate for technology before learning about what is out there on the web, but after taking my Technology for the Elementary Teachers course I feel a lot better about bringing technology into my future classroom.|
|11/17/2009 20:09:36||Teacher||I think there needs to be a push from somewhere. In other fields people can't get by w/out tech integration. But, also there must be small steps taken. It needs to be put into PD so it's not just another extra meeting. |
I think many teachers are nervous because they aren't used to trying and failing.
|11/17/2009 20:09:59||Instructional Technologist||We need to get administrators on board with the amount of support, time, and training it takes for continuous technology integration. Teachers need to have an in house person to go to to fix what doesn't work. They need to be given time during the school day to work on lesson plans, collaborate with others and integrate technology. Training needs to be scaffolded, accessible and continuous. We can't expect teachers to learn everything in the summer. PD needs to be throughout the school year. |
We need to take away the excuses so that there is no good reason to NOT integrate technology.
|11/17/2009 20:10:24||Teacher||Teachers are apprehensive about using technology because they are afraid of the consequences of being wrong in front of their students. To motivate these teachers, remind them that they have to model life-long learning for their students and be prepared to ask for help from the kids when they need it.|
|11/17/2009 20:11:42||Teacher, Instructional Technologist||I don't know that we can motivate teachers who have made up their minds not to learn and stretch. I think the motivation needs to largely come from within. I think that we can introduce our peers to new concepts and ideas but it will be up to them to take hold or pursue them. I think if you refuse to integrate you are doing a disservice to your students. It should not be tolerated by administrators, fellow teachers, students, or parents. Teachers that I know are apprehensive because they don't want to learn one more thing. I hear that a lot. Everything is too much to expect from them. Legitimate reasons for being apprehensive are: not enough support, equipment that doesn't work consistently, or lack of training.|
|11/17/2009 20:11:45||Teacher, Instructional Technologist, Other School Leader, Student||A lot of great ideas were floating around, but they are the same complaints and concerns I've had for years! Even workin in an online school, I am shocked at how "traditional" many of our teachers are. I used to make assumptions that newer teachers were more eager to join in new technologies, but that's not always the case! This was my first #edchat, and I will try to be back for more!|
|11/17/2009 20:12:27||Instructional Technologist||The key is to build the foundation (have tech tools and support available), have teachers AND administrators modeling technology integration, set expectations for tech integration and give all the support they need to reach their potential.|
Those who fight it will take longer to come on board, but by creating relationships with and supporting them they will. We all need to be patient, but hold all accountable. We have high expectations for our students, why not our teachers?
|11/17/2009 20:12:54||Teacher, Parent||i think we just need to educate - that it's not about adding more to their plate - it's an enrichment - to the career they love. |
so - backing off on the miriad of tech training workshops and instead - spending that time sharing and experiencing more tech infused lifestyles and learning.
|11/17/2009 20:13:52||Tech coordinator||motivate by showing how easy it is do things and remind them it can become easy for them if they just keep trying. |
I let those that refuse to integrate retire. (sad, but honest truth!)
|11/17/2009 20:14:06||Teacher||Continue to demonstrate good teaching practices using tech.|
Hope that admin motivates them, but I go on and work with those who want to learn.
|11/17/2009 20:14:08||Administartor||I motivate by modeling, guiding and then doing my best to model...guide again and celebrate and model and guide. I use kids to help me model guide!|
For those who refuse, I move on. They are eventually intimidated by the masses of enthusiastic students who celebrate their teachers.
Teachers are apprehensive because so often they aren't given the tools to teach their kids. Many teachers get excited and then are abandoned by lack of training, lack of tools.
I am lucky to work with teachers who believe in best practice and will do whatever they can for learners as long as they have what they need to do it!
|11/17/2009 20:15:25||media specialist||Apprehensive because they've seen so many changes. They don't know what will stick and what won't. They don't see what people are doing with technology these days. I motivate teachers best when I'm able to have conversations with them, find out what they're doing and give them a few suggestions.|
|11/17/2009 20:15:44||Education Consultant||I work with educators to help them teach with digitized primary sources. Because we start with online access to the sources, it is natural to manipulate them and insert them into technology tools such as slide shows, VoiceThread, blogs, etc. The power comes with the inquiry, however, and the strong content as a basis for tech integration.|
|11/17/2009 20:18:05||Teacher||Edchat is an amazing experience week after week. I just wish we could harness the power of this group and run a webinar on TV so parents, admin, and other teachers could see it. maybe we should include @oprah in our edchat :)|
|11/17/2009 20:21:23||Pre-Service Teacher||small scale. don't preach, teach! show value. make it seem natural, yet let them see you fail, try again and succeed.|
i think teachers are apprehensive b/c they are overwhelmed with many demands on their time and are physically/emotionally drained by the end of the day. but we need to show them that technology is an investment in their career, personal life and future, part of their professional responsibility as an educator.
tech will not replace teaching, but it is a tool. using technology will teach our students how to find the knowledge they need well after they leave our classroom.
|11/17/2009 20:22:37||Teacher||Take baby steps with very reluctant teachers. If you try to push something on them, they are more likely to resist. If they refuse to integrate, it should be included on their rating/observation form like it is in my district. Unsatisfactory rating! If teachers don't use tech on a day to day basis it may seem foreign to them. Try teaching them how to use one tool at a time, perhaps just a tool that will make their day to day life easier. Teachers can't be afraid to fail, and admins can't either. If teachers refuse to learn, what are they modeling for their students?|
|11/17/2009 20:29:55||Teacher||I use stories. Always telling stories of use in my classroom. Stories of my students & I having adventures facilitated by tech. Build excitement by modeling with my use. If they are reluctant I love (give) more & speak about the students. Thanks.|
|11/17/2009 20:45:19||Teacher, Administartor, Director of Studies||I believe the best way to try to motivate your peers is by showing them that you have been using, effectively, a tool to save you time and, at the same time, foster learner autonomy. I don't really think that refusing to integrate is a problem as long as the teacher is capable of responding to his or her learners' needs. After all, what matters is that we, educators, empower our learners with knowledge and show them that they are the ones who have to make it happen. This can be done through many different ways.|
If I had to name the main reasons for teachers being apprehensive, I'd say it's because they might not be willing to make changes in something that's always worked for them, and they might be afraid of realising they can't cope with the new technology properly.
Finally, I guess we should never stop thinking about our context. The Internet has brought us closer together, but let's not forget to act locally without forgetting the particularities of each place.
|11/17/2009 21:05:59||Administartor||I really find from everyone's insights that patient persistence is critical to moving teachers and administrators into the realm of self-learning through a PLN, particularly if the collaboration is technology based using Web 2.0 tools. Top administrators and teacher leaders have to lead by example, engage faculty in discussions about the value of a PLN, and demonstrate the results of our own personal PLN activities. Recognize advancements even if they are simply baby steps.|
|11/17/2009 21:18:58||Instructional Technologist||When motivating teachers to use technology it is important to build rapport & trust. In order to disperse the apprehension, leaders must be positive role models in the use of technology. I believe most teachers are apprehensive due to the fear or comfort level of technology skills, but furthermore the lack of accountability placed on the use of technology. Leaders must both use technology and provide professional development opportunities for those who need it. Furthermore, we must move toward the use of 21st Century skills in our teaching and in the criteria of performance based evaluations. When all educators are held accountable for student achievement, whether teachers or administrators, change will occur. |
I found the panel discussion on Meet the Press this past Sunday especially interesting. http://entertainment.att.net/uv/tv/show/nbc-meet-the-press Schools must get dramatically better otherwise our nation is at serious risk. We shouldn't be saying No Child Left Behind, we need to be saying No Teacher or No School Left Behind.
|11/17/2009 22:11:23||Teacher, Instructional Technologist||I try to show them how technology will help them, help their students, save them time in the long run, and improve teaching and learning. I also show them that if they try one thing and then learn it, it is easy. Many of them feel overwhelmed. I tell them that I did not learn this stuff overnight. I show them how I use technology and how it is a good thing. That gets them excited. Then I follow up with them so they don't feel lost and abandoned.|
|11/17/2009 22:20:14||Teacher||Wow, my head was spinning trying to keep up! Technology is a hot topic. It sounds like some principals are really frustrated with some of their staff who don't see the value and unprecedented potential to change their teaching efficacy for the better. Personally, I teach in a small, rural county in NC that has just began seeing a major influx of technology. My school is really getting on the bandwagon this year. Many of our teachers are in the position we were discussing. We are learning a lot!! Our administrators scaffold, support us, and cheer us on. I think that is very appropriate for our current stage. (As I tweeted that we are in the "New way to do old things" stage to get comfortable without getting too overwhelmed. Next, we need to progress to the "New way to do new things". (I was retweeting to use the terminology of another contributor and adding to his post.) I can relate and understand to a lot of what was said. I would love to teach at NMHS_Principal's school. He seems like the kind of admin. who can get teachers at his school where he wants them to be without "strong arming" them. : )|
|11/18/2009 1:37:03||Instructional Technologist||I found discussion of the Personal Learning Network highly engaging, and I am currently making this a main focus my workshops. A key concept is that "everyone has one whether they call it that or not", and that it can be made more effective using technology, if you know how.|
|11/18/2009 8:19:56||Administartor||I think this is a topic that needs to be continued. I picked up some great ideas on how to continue to support my staff in their developing use of technology.|
Also - I agree with Shell's comment about time being an excuse for teachers not trying to utilize available tech resources - "I learned a long time ago that it isn't time, it's priority. If it's a high priority you will find the time."
Thanks for one of the most substantive edchats yet!
|11/18/2009 8:42:19||Instructional Technologist||Teachers need to realize that they don't have to start with this grandiose amount of technology. We all started small. And guess what? It's not going to be successful every time and that's OK! Baby steps! However, the teachers have to have the support of admins and especially need a Instructional Technology Specialist or coach that they can go to when things don't go well. We have to provide necessary support to help teachers see and feel the success.|
|11/18/2009 8:45:59||Teacher||I've often shared my lessons using technology with my colleagues or invited them in to watch a lesson where technology is being used. Most often, teacher's are apprehensive because they don't understand how the technology can be applied. It's not that teachers don't understand how to use the programs/applications/Web 2.0 tools, it's that they don't see where it can benefit their lessons. Modeling for teachers works just as well as it does for our students. |
For teachers who downright refuse to integrate, they are either in the wrong profession and have yet to figure it out or they have something that perhaps works and feel no need to change it. "New" Technology is great, but sometimes there are advantages to using "old" technology aka the pen and paper.
|11/18/2009 21:48:05||Teacher||Wow! Quite an edchat last night! I find that by introducing small tasks and taking baby steps at first is key. Show them one neat trick and you'll hook many. By showing the time saved on the back end in student evaluation and feedback and general excitement by the learners as they take command of their own education will get many interested. One the hook is set - many will go it on their own with less assistance needed. It is just about sparking the fire....|