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How to help the 'technophobes'...?

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Started by Enabling e-Learning 08 Jun 2011 11:39am () Replies (41)

There was an interesting opinion piece on the e-Learning Stuff blog this week, about the resistance, in some quarters, to using technology for teaching and learning:

'...but I'm a technophobe!' [e-Learning stuff blog]

If you are involved in professional learning, how do you manage this situation?

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  • Jan Coleman (View all users posts) 08 Jun 2011 11:59am ()

    The best way I have found to get to these people is to forget teaching for a while and concentrate on something in their lives. I learnt a lot about growing saffron working with one teacher. We also made sure they had internet access at home. Searching, reading, emailing, photographic recording and even bloging helped them to do what they wanted to do. The learning about technology happened but was secondary. Once they see the power of working on something of real personal interest they often are then ready to use their new skills in their work. Remember the 80:20 rule. This 20% require 80% of the effort. Use stelth, bribery subdefuge or anything else you have to as long as you get results. If you do, they can be one of your best sales peopleWink

  • Jan Coleman (View all users posts) 08 Jun 2011 2:12pm ()

    Oh I completely agree with a level of compulsion. Having resorted to telling 1 principal many of his staff would fail to meet the (old) teacher professional stds one time I am fast losing patience with those who still expect help to do what I consider basics. We expect teachers to be able to read, managing technology should now be thought of in much the same way.

    For me the hard part is ensuring the changes in practice are sustained when the teacher is the only adult in the room. For this to happen they need to get to the point where they see technology as 2nd nature and really beneficial to learning. This means our task is to ensure they see the small signs and are not just weighed down by temporary setbacks & frustrations. Thats where incentives, resources and the action plan and plain determination come in.

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