Have you ever come across something and it just makes a lot of sense. In fact, it makes so much sense that you wonder if you’re “just late to the party” so to speak (which for me wouldn’t be the first time).
What I am talking about is teacher technology adoption especially in regards to web 2.0 and 21st century skills. In the last few months I’ve done quite a bit of research on what drives teacher technology adoption--an absolutely fascinating topic for me. Some of it has been for an article I wrote and the other for a series of grad school papers. In both cases, I’ve really tried to tie it what I’ve seen over the last 12 years. So here are the themes, I’ve seen in the research and just blogged
1. Teacher's beliefs of teaching (pedagogy) and student learning (epistemology) affect teacher technology adoption.
2. Teachers who engage in more teacher-led pedagogy adopt less technology.
3. Teachers who leverage constructivist-centric pedagogy have a tendency to use more technology.
4. Teacher's beliefs and values are not hardened systems; however, they are complex and prone to revision.
5. The richness of an environment (technology, support, quality, quantity) can change a teacher's beliefs and values in learners and pedagogy.
6. The manner in which technology is presented (teacher-centered or student-centered) impacts those teachers holding differing views.
7. Web 2.0 and 21st century skills are collaborative in nature; thus they are constructivist. This collaborative and constructivist nature of the web 2.0 technologies require teachers to adopt their beliefs which brings us back to theme #1.
Saying technology can enhance learning and the “oh, wow!” factor, although nice to hear, doesn’t always help with sustainable day-two implementation. That is what has me led to do this research and write.
Are these themes common knowledge? If so, are they so common that we don’t discuss them? I mention this because I don’t see or hear these thoughts in conversations about web 2.0 or 21st century skills yet they seem to make a great deal of sense.