Listening to the Naysayers: Wisdom from the other side (Part 1)

Sometimes I wish to roll my eyes at the naysayers who say that we shouldn’t be using technology in classrooms, or maybe just grab their shoulders and shake them. But, no worries, I refrain. It can be frustrating to work with those who don’t want to change. It seems, however, that I need to be a bit more patient.

It’s isn’t always fear of change that motivates the hesitations to use technology; sometimes they’re just real concerns. A recent conversation with a fellow teacher (through online means, ironically) helped me to think differently about reluctant technology users. In this case, it turned out that they weren’t a naysayer at all, but just think from a different point of view, a point of view that we need. We in the Ed tech world need to listen closely and think about what reluctant embracers have to say.

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