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Helping those who are amazing teachers but "don't have time" to learn ICT

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Started by Andrew 13 Jun 2011 1:34pm () Replies (5)

Teachers among us who find ICT a challenge need someone (doesn't matter who...could be another teacher that they choose, or a teacher's aide or the caretaker,or....) that they feel they can ask over and over and over again the same old questions.

The helper must be calm (not like me), positive, not too clever... or fast, they must be patient (not like me) and persistant.

Also helps if you buy iPads and let the kids get into it. Then teachers have to have them. ANd they don't require as much work.

Hmmm, also those (reluctant ICT) teachers have to be prepared to give up some control of the universe and let there be exploration .... yes that is a hard thing to give up.


Experince with ICT does take time and play and frustration and exploration and being prepared to get it all wrong!


  • Isaac Day (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2011 6:31pm ()

    Every step forward (big or small) is a step in the direction you want to go!  Celebrate it and honour it and further steps will come.

    Just like when your kids were learning to walk... you held their hands and supported them to do it by themselves, not every breathing moment, but when you saw an opportunity to help, you did.  You didn't expect your son/daughter to run that day, did you?

    I believe that if you push someone too hard, they will fall over.


    From a previous post in the last discussion:

    I think, if the teacher is a great teacher who loves their kids, actively engages them in their learning and gets the best out of them, why force them into using a computer?  Let them get on with the job of making a difference to their learners. Then allow them to see the benefits, e.g. how they could use an iPad with one of their reading groups, get some reluctant writers going with a cool web 2.0 tool.  Effective leadership, Small steps, and patience will see this teacher grow.  Show them how it improves learning for the kids... don't just tell them 'its motivating', or that they 'have to use it in the workplace' or that it will 'improve test scores'... that won't wash with anyone with any clues.  Show them how they can use it to promote effective pedagogies and quality learning (and tell them that they don't have to be a computer expert to do it!).

    Just my thoughts. Loving the rigor of these discussions and the variety of views and ideas, great leadership VLN team!


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