Inspire Change

Are there  teachers in your school who are afraid of technology?

People tend to be against change and believe that what they are doing is best. We are so lucky to be teaching during such exciting times where we have increasing access to iPads, computers, the internet, interactive whiteboards, digital cameras and more. When these resources are used in meaningful ways to deliver the content, the benefits are enormous. The best way to encourage people to embrace something new is to inspire change.

You can do this by:

  • Modelling by example; share stories and experiences regarding what you are doing in your classroom. Sell the benefit; share the benefits that you can see in your students as a result of the technology.
  • Invite them into your classroom to see how something works and how you are using it in your classroom.
  • Be available to help and support them along the way whenever they need help or are unsure of something – work together.
  • Encourage your colleagues to attend TeachMeets, sign up to Twitter and subscribe to blogs.
  • When encouraging teachers who may be resistant to embrace technology within their classroom, remind them that it is simply the delivery model that is changing to suit our 21st century students and the content is still the same (2 plus 2 still equals 4).

These points can be applied to so much more than the use of technology. As teachers, it is so important that we support each other and work together in order to be the best teachers that we can be.

Are there teachers in your school who are resistant to technology?

Are you resistant to technology?

Are you inspiring teachers to embrace technology?

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6 responses to “Inspire Change

  1. I think the problem at my school is now not so much a resistance to technology (now that we have more of it) but a general lack in shared knowledge (and proper avenues at present to share knowledge and experience) about how to effectively utilise tech in our classrooms. I get the sense also that for some teachers they just use it because they ‘have to’ not because it actually complements their lessons or the student’s learning.

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    • You bring up two really important points. Perhaps you could bring it up with your colleagues and find a way to share knowledge regarding technology.

      In a school I was at recently, the staff meeting consisted of a few groups which were each led by a teacher. One group focussed on the use of interactive whiteboards, another iPads etc. Teachers could then choose a group and spend the time learning about how to use them in meaningful ways and share their experiences.

      You could even start small and share websites or blogs that you come across to support teachers to use the technology in meaningful ways. TeachMeets are a great place to start and they are incredibly inspiring.

      Good luck and continue to inspire teachers to use the technology in meaningful ways.

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  2. First of all, well done on the blog Ashley. It is great to see a young aspiring teacher who thinks so carefully about their teaching.

    I teach at a small rural school, where the issue of fear of technology aflicts the other teachers I work with. I agree with all your suggestions to try and bring them along, and think the key word you’ve identified is ‘inspire’.

    I also strongly believe that you can’t force anyone to change or try something new if they don’t want to. You need to be careful that your efforts, no matter how well intentioned, don’t have the opposite effect and drive the reluctant technophobes further away from embracing technology.

    In my experience one of the best ways to inspire at least interest is to just do your thing. You don’t need to make a big deal out of what you’re doing or the things you want to try. I don’t really over-talk what we are doing, but I make sure our community are sharing what we are doing in class and pretty soon people are talking about what you are doing. This leads to the other teachers asking you questions and when this happens you have a much better chance of enacting change.

    Our K12 class has just started their first blog. It has been a longish process getting the teachers who teach the class to at least embrace the idea. But they have and for that I am pleased as it is a major step. I know they will need guidance along the way, but by not putting pressure on them and just doing my thing, they have begun to see some benefits.

    Great work on the blog though and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts on teaching.

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    • Hello,

      Thank you very much! Yes, you definitely bring up an important point – you cannot force anyone to do anything, all we can do is inspire.

      It’s so great to hear that you have inspired other teachers in such a simple way. You sound like a great colleague teacher and you are definitely an inspiration! Keep up the great work!

      Ashley

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  3. Charlotte

    The problem with new tech as I see it, is that some teachers need to know the lesson it will be used for in order to see its usefulness. So be specific with those people so they can gain comfort. Others will gravitate to new technology and find ways to incorporate it easily because they know it engages most students. On another note, as an inspiring young teacher, consider joining PDK International to enhance your teaching and teaching career. There should be a local chapter in your vicinity, as well.

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