The e-pioneer treats the root cause of apathy.
It is not enough merely to fight apathy. The e-pioneer must address the reason why a teacher is apathetic towards the use of technology.
Apathy can often be traced to a lack of feeling challenged. When technology is not available in a school, a teacher may feel disinterested – when confronted by its introduction in the school, it is easy to shrug it off as something of little importance.
The e-pioneer can turn on the heat in simple ways to shake a teacher out of a state of apathy. Add one or more challenges to the training program:
Refuse to communicate in any other way than e-mail. This will challenge the teacher to adapt to this form of communication. Many e-pioneering principals have found this to be a good strategy.
Make training notes available in the form of blog postings. This may challenge the teacher to appreciate the value of this mode of sharing information. A technology integrator or a curriculum advisor may find this a useful way to distribute knowledge to a large number of teachers in different schools.
Give advice by providing a reference to a website. This will challenge the teacher to engage with the internet.
A simple challenge, used judiciously, can be a powerful antidote for apathy.
Click here for more food for thought for e-pioneers.