Schools around the world are going through a growth boom that is somehow painful and inevitable. I’m talking, of course, about technological integration. Maybe your class uses a cow cart (computer on wheels) once a week or maybe all the pupils at your school suddenly an iPad and administrators and throw around the dreaded phrase “don’t go papers.” Regardless of the level of technological integration, it seems that we are all moving on to new technologies at some point. The painful truth, however, is that no matter how much we receive professional development sessions or how many tools they give us, many adults find it difficult to adapt to new technologies. As the new school year approaches, we are fully aware that our students will hack into the media and turn them into their own deviant uses before learning as teachers, even to run the device. Fixing this problem is simple. We must quickly jump over the barriers of fear, fear, and mistrust to advance the race for technology.
Overcoming fear of new technologies
No different from the 5 stages of loss and sadness, all people (not just adults) go through a series of predictable reactions to new technologies. Knowing that these steps are the same for everyone and that you’re not just against the world, you can start passing the steps faster. You can learn to take center stage from your students and turn fear into emotion and ultimately acceptance.
Step 1- Deprivation
As teachers, we work hard to perfect our profession. From year to year, we make small adjustments to our curriculum, curries, and classroom management systems to maximize efficiency. As a result, it may seem like a real shock when officials announce a sudden and radical change, such as paperless classes, and the integration of 1:1 technology (where each student works on a device, be it a computer, a tablet, or even their phone).
This turned out to be a natural reaction to new technologies. Even children, who seem flexible and excited about each new wave of technological development, experience initial uncertainty. The key to the successful adoption of technology is to accept that you will feel frustrated and scared.
Step 2 – Negotiation
“They can put this in my class, but they can’t make me use it! It can smooth the way you actually use the new device. Even tech enthusiasts will say, “I’ll try to use it, but if it doesn’t work for me, I won’t.” As a teacher, tell yourself you’re going to test the technology. If you don’t like it, you can use it as little as possible, but at least you’ll give yourself permission to try it without a strong sense of risk.
Phase 3 – Experimentation
This is the main step towards the successful adoption of technology. This is the pictorial turning point in your technological user mindset. Once you’re allowed permission to experiment with technology and start clicking through it (whether it’s a new device like an iPad or a new place like Edmodo.com), it’s through experimentation that we’re really overcoming our fears.
Step 4 – Excitement
Often experimenting with a new tool leads teachers to get excited about the application of the semester. Teachers by nature are creative and innovative people. We always look at the materials with an eye towards differentiating and adapting our students.
Step 5 – Admission
The faster you can move through the steps above, the safer you’ll feel using new technologies. Admission means that you are ready to write this technology in your lesle plans, maximize its usefulness and make the most of this initiative for the benefit of your students.