I tried two new tech tools in class tonight and neither worked. So, on to plan “C” , the whiteboard and dry erase marker. The good news is that I didn’t run out of the room crying , nor did the learners; and in the end we accomplished what needed to get done. As a result, I can put on my “well isn’t that interesting” hat, and say that we all learned about the affordances and limitations of a couple of tools. The bad news is that I still don’t understand what I did wrong in Google Calendar…. back to the drawing board there. Moodle calendar works fine; I went to it as my plan “B”, and discovered it just wasn’t designed for what I wanted it to do.
So what’s going to keep me motivated to change my teaching/ learning practices with the use technology when I failed tonight?
As with any change process, this endeavour has the potential to bring out the worst and best in me . At my worst I’ll get overwhelmed , become paralyzed and procrastinate. I’ll be frustrated by other people’s plans. I’ll want to run on my own schedule and get really cranky and critical if I feel like I’m being pushed. Also, I’ll get very vocally protective when I feel others are being disrespected or hurt the process. On the other hand, if I have success I might REALLY annoy others by being “over the top” excited, and a tad unrealistic about how my success might be useful to them. Doesn’t sound pretty, does it? This is where I’m at risk of being bludgeoned with an iPad.
To save colleagues from damaging their iPads there are a few things that will help me work through this change.
- my independence,
- time to gather and process my ideas,
- time to practice with the tools in the context of course learning outcomes and what I believe and value about teaching and learning,
- to be able to talk about what’s hard and what I’m giving up in this process,
- to be able to move on in a positive way toward a vision for the future that I believe in,
- the opportunity to work with others, and
- the chance to get excited about and learn from what others have tried and learned.