It’s all about options

Nice to have

I’ve worked with teachers for a while now and one thing has remained constant. They like options. I’m not a big fan of generalizations, but in general, most of the teachers and faculty I have worked with have enjoyed having a few options when it comes to helping them integrate technology into their teaching. Usually just a couple is all I like to offer, since too many options can overwhelm the most willing participant. The key is to listen to what the teacher really wants to do and then pick a couple of technologies that will do it well.

So the next time you work with another teacher on integrating technology, or probably anything, try listening to what they really want to do and then give him or her a couple options. Don’t force them to use X technology. Let them choose. This way technology integration isn’t being “done” to them, they are choosing to do so.



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