The e-pioneer succeeds through little victories.
A war is seldom won as a result of one big decisive battle. The history of warfare through the ages teaches us that a war consists of a series of smaller conquests. The victor rejoices over every successful campaign. Some battles may even be lost along the way.
The e-pioneer’s warfare is similar. Seldom does the entire staff complement of a school embrace technology all at once. A few early adopters may swiftly accept technology as an aid to teaching. In most cases not many respond that way – but the e-pioneer rejoices over every bit of progress that is made, regardless of how small it may be.
Examples of small conquests along the way are:
A governing body agrees to purchase a much needed piece of technology.
An agreement is reached with a service provider to provide ongoing support to the school.
A teacher who never used technology before starts doing so.
A greater number of teachers attend training sessions.
The principal starts using presentation software during meetings.
The e-pioneer keeps the ultimate goal in mind – transforming the school into an e-school. This requires determination and patience. Small victories lift the spirit when slow progress threatens to discourage the e-pioneer.
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