The e-pioneer does not allow the tail to wag the dog.
It is easy to become carried away by technology. The e-pioneer knows that in e-learning the emphasis must always fall on the learning – the e is only the medium in which learning takes place.
If technology is promoted in a school for the sake of technology, the technology tail is allowed to wag the education dog. The e-pioneer must act as a buffer between the teacher and those responsible for technology in the school. Make sure that educational needs dictate technology procurement, and not the other way around.
During training sessions, the e-pioneer must help teachers understand how to become more effective e-learning practitioners. Teach them the relevance of the different hardware and software products – don’t just focus on how to use then, but show teachers why they must be used. Explain why the use of a particular piece of technology will enhance teaching and learning. Make sure that the teachers understand how to make these tools an integral part of classroom practice.
The wagging tail of a dog is a good sign – it shows the dog is happy. But if the tail is dictating the movement of the dog, something is clearly wrong. Likewise, thriving technology in a school is a good sign – but every piece of technology must serve an educational purpose.
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