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How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology

How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology
In my consulting as well as administrative technology work, I am often asked the same questions by different schools and officials. One of the most common is: “How do you get teachers who are hesitant or resistant to use technology?” I am keenly aware that many of my colleagues are not, for various reasons, gung ho about educational technology. And it’s interesting. Quite often, the teachers who are hesitant to adopt new technology are great — in fact, amazing — educators. They are frequently veterans and usually leaders in their academic field and within their institutions. In my role as tech advocate, I habitually find myself trying to coax these established educators to use new tools and incorporate new methodologies. 1. If you’re working with veteran educators, this is especially important. Instead, try this: observe what they do in the classroom that’s made them successful and build out from there. 2. 3. Teachers respond better to other teachers who share their situation. 4. 5. 6.

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SAMR Model in Action Teaching and learning can improve by setting targets that promote success and outline continual professional development. To promote professional growth and the increased use of digital technology to enrich learning opportunities a school must implement a digital learning strategy and outline General Capabilities to set a standardised benchmark of expected skills that will also operate as milestones of individual achievement. The SAMR Model is often used as a framework to standardize expectations and provide a guideline for enhancing technology integration. The SAMR Model identifies four stages of educational transformation. The first step is Substitution, the second Augmentation, third Modification and the fourth Redefinition. Workshops and opportunities to improve skills must be made available throughout the year to promote professional growth.

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