Prove it to me!

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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About drjillbrown

Jill Brown is a life-long educator with a BA in Elementary Education, MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and PhD in Educational Technology. She has taught in different states, at different grade levels (1st grade - graduate level) and in different formats (face-to-face, workshops, online synchronous and asynchronous). She conducted her dissertation research focusing on the necessary skills for teachers to be successful technology integrators in the classroom. Jill is currently an Educational Technologist and GOA Site Director at Albuquerque Academy. She serves on the NAIS Innovation Task Force and is President of the New Mexico Society for Technology in Education (NMSTE); an ISTE Affiliate and CoSN Chapter for New Mexico. She also served on the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) board, as treasurer and K-12 Representative, has been awarded the Making IT Happen Award, the Innovator Award by Innovate Educate, and has been recognized as a Woman of Influence for NM Business Weekly. She volunteers for ISTE, TEDx, and JDRF. She lives in Albuquerque, N.M. with her husband. They have two grown children. In her spare time Jill is a vocalist in a Trop Rock Band, likes to travel, ski and sail.
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One Response to Prove it to me!

  1. Pingback: The Daily Find: February 27, 2011 | NAIS Annual Conference 2011 Community

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