Is it difficult to learn to use technology in the classroom?

Friday, August 27th, 2010 | technology

The answer to this question could be “yes” and it could be “no”.  It depends on four factors.

 The first one is your level of understanding of technology in general.  If you’ve used a computer – or any other form of technology – before, you will have no problem learning to incorporate its use in the classroom.  If you have mastered the use of electronic gadgets such as cell phones, DVD players and video cameras, you are just a short step away from mastering technology as a teaching tool.

 Secondly, your technology aptitude determines, to some extent, how difficult it will be for you to learn to use a new device.  Some people take to technology like a duck to water.  How difficult was it for you to learn to use your cell phone when you first got it?  If you are one of those people who quickly figures out how to use appliances you should have no problem.  If you usually leave technology up to others in the home, you will have to work somewhat harder.

 A third factor is the amount of effort you are prepared to put into it.  You will need to spend time learning the many aspects of technology.  One of the best ways to learn is to do and the more time you spend practising the things you learn, the quicker you will get on top of them.

 The fourth, and perhaps the most important factor, is your attitude.  Do you really want to learn to use technology as a teaching tool?  What is your motivation?  Do you feel it is an unnecessary burden, or do you believe that it would be to your advantage to know how to use it?  A positive attitude can even make up for deficiencies in the other factors.

 The extent to which you measure up to these four factors will determine how difficult it will be for you to learn to use technology.  If you discover that some of these factors are not in your favour, don’t despair.  Just look around and see how many teachers have managed to learn to use various forms of technology – few of them are smarter than you!

 If you really want to come to grips with technology, you will succeed.

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2 Comments to Is it difficult to learn to use technology in the classroom?

David Mathe
Saturday, 28 August, 2010

As you rightly pointed out in your open line, it is a “yes” and a “no”.

I say it could be difficult because some pupils/educators may be fearful of partaking in exploring the use of technology due to the crowd syndrome. Oftentimes i hesitate to raise my hand to give an answer to a question because i may be nervous or have stage-fright.

However, crowds may also provide the necessary impetus in that “two brains are better than one”. As they say, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.

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