The e-pioneer is a good listener
Special skills are needed to train teachers in the use of technology. A skill that is often overlooked is the art of listening – so great is its value that it could even compensate for a lack of other training abilities.
In spite of extensive training, teachers sometimes still experience problems in coming to grips with the use of technology as a curriculum delivery tool. The e-pioneer never gives up on such ones.
Give the teacher an opportunity to talk – while you are listening. But it must be attentive listening! Only by giving careful consideration to what is being said can the e-pioneer discern the real problem.
Teachers may say, “I have been teaching this subject for years without the help of computers – I see no need for it now.” Why do they feel that way?
Let them talk and find out. Perhaps they are not aware of what technology can do for their subject area, or there may be a fear that computers will take their jobs away. Sometimes the technology-curriculum integration picture is not clear to them.
The e-pioneer can only rectify the situation if the underlying reason for the problem is known – and the only way to know this is by listening.
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