The e-pioneer keeps explanations simple.
As if state of the art technology is not complex enough, the terminology used to describe it is often way beyond the grasp of the average teacher.
When discussing technology concepts with teachers the e-pioneer must keep explanations simple.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you can’t understand it well enough,” said Albert Einstein. This means that the e-pioneer must have a clear understanding of a concept before attempting to explain it to others – knowing what it is, how it is done, when it must be used, where it is applicable and why it works. If this can’t be done, the one doing the explaining must pause, get a proper understanding of the matter and only then proceed with the teaching process.
Stay away from technical jargon – those terms techies throw around in their conversations, but which make no sense to others. Avoid such language, particularly the use of acronyms. Before using a technical term the e-pioneer must consider how likely it is that the other person will understand it. Always explain unfamiliar words or phrases when they are used for the first time or when you are not sure whether they are understood.
E-pioneers who can’t get through to teachers must consider whether they have not perhaps created a technology barrier. Resolve the problem by keeping explanations simple.
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