This was a great question, related to integrating technology, that came up in our workshop and I was so thrilled with Curt Lieneck’s answer I asked him to email it to me. The attendee was asking, how do you respond when a faculty member says, “Prove it to me”.
Here is what Curt said, ” “prove it to me” is one form of playing whack-a-mole– forcing me to do something impossible: remove risk and the teacher’s accountability for a poor outcome before s/he will make a change– and a clever way to take control of the technology adoption conversation. Starting the conversation with “help me understand why my students might benefit” is a much healthier way to approach it.”
When I try to engage faculty in conversations about integrating technology;
I am not saying that technology should be blindly adopted by teachers. I am not saying that you are not a good teacher if I ask you to question how electronic tools might benefit your students. I am not saying that there are not ineffective examples of ‘technology integration’ that even hinder the learning process.
What I am saying is, if there is no willingness to explore, be uncomfortable or take risks, then using new tools to enhance learning in ways we have not been able to do before, will never happen. We owe it to our students to be a little uncomfortable!
Agree? Disagree? What are your thoughts?
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