I am a 1st year Tech Coordinator. I taught elementary school for the past 10 years. I need to get teachers to use technology daily in their classrooms to enhance their instruction and the curriculum. I have done staff development and provided resources. I need more! What are some successful strategies to get teachers using technology? Thanks!

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I spoke with some English teachers about blogs/wikis/forums and they had these issues:
this is just one more thing we don't have time for
how does it really help

I guess my job is to really convince them of the bang for the buck they will get (collaboration amongst students which is impossible without an online space)
Colin---I'm not married to the new technologies, I use some new, some old, some not at all. BUT, big BUT the one tool I am sold on it our student blog. I've noticed over the last 3-4 years that elementary student are doing very little writing in the regular classroom (IMO, NCLB has taken that time away). Students report to me, I teach in a special ed pullout program for gifted kids, that ALL the writing they do in the classroom is assigned, even "creative writing" and many times the writing is not edited at all. SO, what our student blog has done for my students over the last 2.5 years, is to allowed them to write about topics of interest, current events, books, social situations, familiy life, whatever etc. They have also had the opportunity to reflect on what others think and put their thoughts down in writing. Sometimes parents blog with their kids.

Our "rinky dink" little blog has recieved 53,000 visits from 34,000 unique computers since August 7, 2007. We have had visitors from 102 countries and territories. That is a heck of a lot of readin' and writin'. If your teachers want an easy outlet for authentic writing, try a classroom blog. Whew---felt like a preacher there!! N.
Thank you for encouraging teachers to use technology in the classroom. The Texas Instrument Math blog recently featured an entry with tips for using technology in the classroom. The entry was written by an AP calculus teacher and draws on his own personal teaching experiences. To check out his suggestions click here: http://timath.com/blog/?p=237
I struggle with this on a daily basis. As what the state of Virginia calls an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) your question is one I ponder daily. When I started this job three years ago I knew it would be a tough sell - but I never imagined how tough. Every teacher has a laptop - some are as close to being untouched as one can get doing only the required things (grades and attendance), others are worn out within a year.
The buzzword in our district these days is "differentiated instruction" - it applies here as well. Remember that all your teachers are coming from a different place. They have different experiences, different expectiations. What works to get one to use technology won't necessarily work for any others. I have had greater success hand picking teachers for various technologies than anything else. There are teachers you have who will try anything, some who will try the basics, some won't try anything. Start with the ones who will try something, anything. Once you have gotten through those, try the next group - those who might use it if you can show them it will work for them and they can indeed do it. Use a little healthy competition (the teacher down the hall is using _______ and it is really working, the students love it). Spend some time finding out why a teacher won't use technology. This is frequently a good place to start. If you need to hold their hands the first few times, do it. Let them know you are willing to help out all they need for you to.
Good luck!
Teachers are the hardest to teach!!! But if you can survey the teacher to see what they know and don't know and then group them based their answers it may work better. Some teachers feel overwhelmed from the start on many technology workshops due to lack of knowledge or relation to their subject matter. But if you group them on what they want or need, it may work better. Also if you offer to teach a teacher's students about a new program or tool it could be a win, win in three ways. One, the teacher gets a break teaching. Two, the teacher sees the students getting excited about technology. Three, the teacher may be learning right along with the students(or thestudents could teach the teacher).
I think a quiz/test is better than a survey, as a lot of the time, people tend to either under or over estimate what they know or don't know.
One successful strategy would be to visit my blog! The mission of my blog is to provide practical ideas for teachers to incorporate technology in their classroom. I hope you like the blog and I look forward to hearing your feedback!


Any questions please ask!
I started a blog this year called EdTechSec with the idea that it would include ideas and tools that teachers who were just beginning could apply in just a "sec". It was slow to take off - many staff in the district didn't even read it! Ironically it was getting decent readership from lots of other places though, so maybe it was helping some folks. I stuck with it and it gradually caught on over time. I still don't have a big in-district readership, but much more than when I started, and my out-of-district followers have steadily increased too.

Part of the problem is that our district will implement programs that are computer based - they require the kids to read and answer multiple choice questions on the computer. The district counts this as ed tech - I do not - but I think herein lies a lot of confusion for teachers who are just starting out with it. Just because they turn on a computer does not mean they are implementing technology in an educational way.

So I guess my lesson for this year and to others trying to motivate their colleagues is to just stick with it. Adoption is slow, but it is still progress that may not have happened were it not for your efforts and belief in the importance of it.
When I was an elementary lab teacher and had open lab time part of the day I found that if I could get one teacher to bring a class in and we could complete one project successfully it encouraged others to do the same. I found one teacher that was willing to take the extra step, we created a slideshow project using KidPix and I entered one students project in a state competition. She won 3rd place and I drove the student and her mother to the awards ceremony 2-1/2 hours from our city. The rest was history. Then teachers were beating on the door to get open lab time to create projects that integrated technology. Find the first one...
Kudos---keep up the good work.
I agree with many of the post here. Work with the workable and take small steps to change the changeable. For me “Quick and Easy” is the key. If you can fine simple software to learn and use, do it. Just like Dominoes Pizza, 30 minutes or less. Make it something that you can teach in 20 minutes and create in 10. If the teachers can learn it quickly, the kids will run with it. Something as simple as free software like Photostory 3 can meet the need. I Packaged 4 images, 4 short scripts and a 20 minute training of the software itself. They created a short photostory and walked away with something they could use. The door is then left open to have you assist with a lesson that they may be able to lead with your help.
Check out www.quizlet.net. I showed this to a couple of elementary teachers and some parents. I also use it for my 3rd grade son to practice mathfacts. I just found out that one of the teachers has been using it and the parents are loving it. You can take it as far down as preschool if you'd like. You could set up the ABCs and attach images such as A with an apple picture.

They can print off flash cards also.



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