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?