Sunday, August 5, 2012

Module 5: New Technologies

Briefly describe a situation in which you have encouraged people to use a new technology and have been met with resistance or disappointing results. What attitudes did these people exhibit? What behaviors did they demonstrate?
Recently our school was retrofitted with some of the latest innovations in technology.  One of my teammates, who also happen to be a very close friend of mine, was very reluctant about the idea of implementing and using technology as part of her instruction. Diana was so complacent with using the overhead projector that it was just about impossible to get her to use an interactive smart board. Diana’s attitude was extremely negative in regards to using the smart board.  To counter act Diana’s resistant behavior I would sign the two of us up for the same trainings, share ideas and make lesson plans for implementing the smart board. Diana knew that our administrators wanted to see more technology being implemented into our teaching curriculum. So she finally stopped resisting, and began embracing the idea of using the smart board and digital camera. After much needed assistance, Diana was implementing at least one of these innovations into her daily curriculum.
Using Keller’s ARCS model, describe how you could change the motivation of these people, or learners, to encourage success.
Keller’s ARCS model is a motivational tool that is implemented to motivate others to learn.  For this strategy to be effective teachers/instructors must concentrate on attention, relevance, confidence and satisfaction (Driscoll, 2005). Speaking from personal experience I would build up the reluctant user’s confidence. I would do this by providing additional trainings and assigning support partners to the reluctant users. I have found that when there is a little intimidation about trying something new success is guaranteed once support has been established.
Driscoll, M. P. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

1 comment:

  1. Cora,
    It is amazing how resistant people are to trying out new technology. Your strategy to sign both of you up was an excellent idea. By offering feedback and support to your colleague, you were able to help build her confidence and get her to incorporate a new technology, which ultimately improves the overall learning experience for both her and the students.
    Great job!