​​4-A-2: Wiki Posting: Five Ways to Think about Change

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INSTRUCTIONS:
List five ways to think about and address changes in technology in your classroom and school. With each way briefly describe how you plan to apply your thinking with your colleagues.

Before developing your five ways to address change suggestions consider the following:
  • Considering the list of fears you brainstormed in the previous assignment, what are the common objections and fears your peers or administration may have to changes in technology?
  • How can you assess if the the objections/fears are valid? How can you educate your peers in determining if these fears and objections are valid?
  • How can you inspire peers who share similar beliefs and interests to apply changes in technology to their classroom or students' learning?
  • How can you get peers out of the "Resistance" phase into the "Exploration" phase?

Post your "five ways to address change" in the table below. Review your peers' postings and post at least one comment in the Discussion Tab above.

5 Ways to Address Change

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1) Insert technology into learning, not learning into technology.
I will encourage my colleagues to find simple ways to incorporate technology into what they are already doing. For example, use a Power Point to present notes rather than an overhead transparency.
Beca S.
2) Work with what you’ve got.
I will encourage my colleagues to use the resources we have available at our school. I know some of the classrooms are more limited than others. I will encourage them to make the most with what they have. If they are one of the classrooms with nothing other than an overhead projector, I will remind them we have a beautiful new computer lab they can sign up to use.
Beca S.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask for help…especially from students.
I will encourage my colleagues to utilize the masterminds of our students. Many of them know more about technology than our departments combined. As the book suggested, bring the class to the computer lab and let them do some research. In the process, you will be able to learn more about computers, how they work, and what they have to offer. If you don’t understand what you’re watching, ask the student to explain it to you! They love to teach their teachersJ.
Beca S.
4) Have play time.
I will encourage my colleagues to take time to just “play” on the computer. To play around on the computer and explore everything it offers and holds. I will make sure to show them certain features of the internet and computer programs (and games) that may peak their interest. Playing around will allow them to feel more comfortable with how they work and are set up.
Beca S.
5) Read about computers (even if it sounds dorky).
If my colleagues hesitate to use computers because they express concerns of internet safety, I will encourage them to read articles that discuss how safe they actually are. I will provide them with links to view (or hardcopies for those that are extra stubborn). I will discuss any of their fears they have and try my best to alleviate the fears by sharing my own personal positive experiences with computers and the internet.
Beca S.
1. Have teachers work together.
Teachers work together during their planning time once a week to discuss different ways to incorporate technology in their lessons. They should share websites that are appropriate for the age and subject matter. If each teacher comes up with one idea, then you can have different ways to use technology in your classroom for the week.
Brenda
2. Find time to experiment.
Find time to go to the computer lab in your school or use the computers in your room to play around with the software. The more the teachers use the computers and realize that they won't "break" their computers the more they will use them in the classroom. Starting those teachers who are more hesitant off with some simple sites or programs that are easy to use will help build their confidence.
Brenda
3. Use your students knowledge of technology.
Students sometimes know more about a program or a website than their teacher so why not use what they know to help you and your fellow teachers. A teacher could use the same approach with websites as they do with chapers in a textbook. Have a small group of students surf through different websites (that you have previewed) and then have them teach the class how to navigate through them. You could even do this between different classrooms.
Brenda
4. Ask for help.
Work with the school admin and teachers to inform teachers with questions of where to go for help. Most schools have some teachers on staff who are more tech savvy than others and are willing to field some questions, but if technology is important to your school and district a "help desk" situation should be put in place. Teachers will be more willing to try something if they are able to call or do an online chat to receive help when needed.
Brenda
5. Step by Step.
Encourage teachers to add technology one step at a time. Start with a simple change like going to a website during a lesson to show the students and actual picture of an animal you are discussing or have them use a program on the computer like Hyper Studio to create a habitat for that animal. One new way to use technology every couple of lessons will help teachers get more comfortable which will encourage them to use it more often.
Brenda
1. Embrace Change- Be at the head of the change, denial, exploration, etc... be a leader and offer your willingess to change and help others. Don't feel as if yuou need to validate what your are doing. They talked about the stakeholders. Keep everyone in the loop. Work with all and be willing
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2. Experiment many differnt forms of technology in classroom- If you can find differnt tools, USE them. Like minded teachers was mentioned in one of th eslides. Find teachers that want to work with you an dcan help you through it.
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3. Utalize students awareness- NetGen students know more than we do with technology. Have them work with you, break that traditional approach of teacher/student. Make them comfortable about teaching the technology
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4. Peer Coaching- Having everyone help and work together. Getting them trhough the change process that was discussed in slide 8 of 16. All
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5.Live, learn, and love- Change is a process, no one has the answers. Must be able to incoprorate things into you classroom. Problems will arise, kids may not have all the tools necessary, Take advantege of the problem!
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