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Obstacles and Solutions – How to Overcome

18 Nov

If you have been around very long, you have probably already heard a plethora of excuses why incorporating technology into the classroom is just too much to expect. I have found myself pointing out the reasons we don’t do more. My usual complaint is our network’s “walled garden” is more of a tiny pot for herbs than a vegetable garden! So, instead of whining “what can be done?” Here are some suggestions for the more common obstacles:

Obstacle Solution
I don’t know how to use it.
  • Learn by watching tutorials on YouTube or other sites
  • Look for professional development opportunities from organizations such as NCTE and ISTE.
  • Check your state’s education department for professional development or tutorials. In Arizona it is the IDEAL Portal
  • Use the tutorials within the application
  • Read the manual
  • Have someone teach you, either a co-worker or a student
The technology department doesn’t allow it.
  • Demonstrate the educational need for the resource with sound research!
  • Provide exemplars of how the technology will increase learning
  • Have students present to the power-that-be
  • Request access to specific sites instead of opening up an entire category
My students don’t know how to use the technology, and I can’t afford the time to teach it.
  • Team up with another teacher, like the computer applications teacher to do a joint project
  • Use tutorials to assist students who are not familiar with the application
  • Use peer-tutors as the experts to teach classmates
I have too much to do already and I don’t have time for more!
  • Use an appropriate combination of computer/non-computer application
  • Use it as a learning tool as opposed to a teaching tool
  • Using simulations, digital storytelling and virtual field trips are motivating alternatives to traditional lectures and pen and paper projects
  • Technology increases student engagement, making class time more productive

As Roblyer and Doering point out in Chapter 11, regardless of your teacher education program, it is a teacher’s professional obligation to learn the tools through ongoing education and professional development.

Resources:

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching. (6 ed., pp. 264-393). Upper

Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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4 responses to “Obstacles and Solutions – How to Overcome

  1. Nathan De Groo

    November 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I really enjoyed the way you laid this out. Those are some very common obstacles that many of us face. Your suggestions are very reasonable ways to overcome these obstacles. They aren’t extremely difficult things to do, but it takes a teacher to step out of a comfort zone and try it out.

     
    • Cheronne Edwards

      November 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you, I tried to find doable solutions. Free is always a good place to start. I agree with what you are saying about getting out of your comfort zone… it is scary but necessary.

       
  2. nicolehirai

    November 20, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Thank you for sharing your ideas! My favorite solution is “Use peer-tutors as the experts to teach classmates” to the obstacle of “My students don’t know how to use the technology, and I can’t afford the time to teach it.” Many students today are more familiar and comfortable with technology than their teachers may be. I think it’s important to remember that we can learn a lot from our students and that they also learn from each other.

     
    • Cheronne Edwards

      November 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you for the feedback Nicole. I agree, I learn so much from the students. I had a deal for years with the seniors when they graduated, they gave me a list of all their “dial-arounds.” I was insightful to say the least, and honestly very helpful at other times.

       

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