Posted on March 03, 2023 in response to jeremiahshiloh In response to jeremiahshiloh
We had an Apple Leadership training years ago that helped shape some of our approach. The trainer, a Superintendent at the time who was contracting with Apple, explained that at his district, if he tried to train the most innovating people, he found he was just getting in their way. Plus, people who were skeptical of technology looked at those people and said “of course they are successful integrating technology, they are comfortable with its use.”
It was when he began training that next tier of people, those who weren’t as big of risk takers but still were willing to take risks. When they had success, others began thinking, if they can do it, maybe I can too.
Because of this, I try to pull that group of people into trying something new when it comes to integrating technology.
We have had some wonderful successes in our iPad roll out at our institution. One of the areas we are continuing to develop is how to personalize integration and increase collaboration with these new devices. While there are some departments who are interested in having full-integration of iPads for their instructors this year, others are still not invested in utilizing these tools for instructional practice. As we begin 2023 and as more iPads are being delivered to faculty and students, we want to grow our initiatives to see sustainable momentum for innovative learning and teaching. One of the ways I see this happening is by developing more relationships with faculty and staff to find out individual needs across our campus for growth. Other areas relate to growing more hands-on activities with iPad technologies to show faculty and staff the versatilities of these tools for instruction. Finally, I think it would be beneficial to highlight and utilize iPad integration practices that are working based on research and shared learning experiences.
What are some areas where you have seen success or difficulties when leading instructors to integrating new technologies into their pedagogical practice?