Essential conditions for change part 1



We can either risk innovation or slowly fade away.

Over the years I have come across a number of issues that inhibit teachers from using technology in the classroom in a transformative way. These range from the need for more professional development, better laptops, an efficient Internet connection, more support, more money, more evidence of its value, to more time and less content to cover. There are probably more issues for shying away from using technology in the classroom and when meeting so many well meaning and dedicated professional teachers, I do admit that these issues are real challenges faced everyday by you, the teacher. However, I fail to understand those colleagues who say that they need support to teach basic ICT skills or that they do not know how to use digital technology in the classroom. What are we understanding by basic ICT skills? For me basic means knowing the alphabet as the first steps to start reading. What does it mean to you? Knowing that the Internet has been with us for the past 15 years and we have been supporting the classroom teacher in the primary for the same number of years, I have directed my support staff to ask you to tell us what conditions should your school provide to enable you to make the required transformative change.

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