4 Ways For Baby Boomer Teachers To Adapt to Technology

You said you would never resort to classroom technology. You figured you would be long retired by the time computers invaded every classroom. But you were wrong.

You weren’t able to retire early, and computers have very much invaded the classrooms. Like it or not technology is an integral part of education, but the good news is that it isn’t so scary!

Begin by:

  1. Embrace It: Resisting change only makes it harder to cope. Once you accept technology and realize it isn’t the enemy, you will discover it’s not such a bad thing after all. We were all beginners at some point, so embrace it, and master it.
  2. Be patient: Learn the basics first. Rely on expertise of other colleagues to learn as much as you can. If you opt to learn on your own, don’t get discouraged.  The key to becoming an expert is practice.
  3. Realize the value: Imagine if you could increase classroom collaboration through technology? How much more effective could you be? How much more could your students achieve?
  4. Be your own student: What if you HAD to teach technology to someone who knew even less than you? What methods would you use to ensure your student excelled?  Remember, teaching is what YOU excel it, so consider yourself your own student.

 

See, it’s not so scary after all!

Kelly Batke

Kelly is the self-confessed technology laggard who works in technology. The good news is she is slowly reaching late adopter status. Kelly enjoys learning and writing about the psychology behind technology—as in why do we buy what we buy, and how does that impact our environment?