stages of the technology adoption life cycle

Overcome the fear of new technology

Schools around the world are going through a painful and inevitable growing age. Speaking of which, with the integration of technology. Your classmate may be using the Cow (Computer on Wheels) cart once a week or every student in your school may suddenly have an iPad and the administrator may throw out the horrible phrase “paper work”. At any level of technology integration, it seems that we are all in a position to switch to new technologies at some point. However, the sad truth is that no matter how many technology development sessions we have, no matter how many tools we are given, many adults are struggling to adapt to new technologies. We are well aware in the new academic year that our students will the media and turn it into our distraction before teachers learn to use this tool. The solution to this problem is simple. It’s time to pick up a page from our student playbook. In order to be at the forefront of the technological race, we need to jump faster than the limits of fear, panic and mistrust.

Unlike the 5 stages of loss and grief, when faced with new technologies people (not just adults) face a series of unexpected things. Knowing that these steps are the same for everyone and that you are not the only one struggling with the world, you can start going through the steps very quickly. You can learn to follow your student leadership and turn fear into enthusiasm and eventually acceptance.

Section 1- Rejection

As teachers, we strive to improve our skills. Each year we make small changes in our curriculum, curriculum and classroom management system to maximize our impact. Therefore, it can come as a real shock when administrators announce abrupt and hot changes such as paperless classes and 1: 1 technology integration (when every student works on a device, be it a computer, tablet or tablet). ) Or it could be their phone). Most teachers experience an automatic response to news. The usual response is “It doesn’t work!”

It turned out to be a simple reaction to new technologies. Even children who are looking strong and excited about the newest wave of technological advancement are going through the first uncertainty. The key to adopting effective methods is to accept that you will experience frustration and fear. This is normal. Recognizing your fears can help you overcome this step faster. The last thing you want is for fear to catch you and  hold onto you. It’s fair to say “I’m crazy and I don’t like it”. But don’t stop there. Overcome fear and try the process.

Step 2- Negotiations

“They can put it in my classroom, but they can’t find me!” Maybe you can at least tell yourself that you will learn. Do you use this technique when your classmate is watching it or should you use it during the first week of school and get dressed and return to your normal, express schedule. It is not wrong to speak in this situation. This may open the way for the use of new devices. Even those who have the technology will say “I will try to use it, but if it does not work for me, I will not follow it”. As a teacher, tell yourself that you want to try this approach. If you do not like it, you can use it as little as possible, but it will allow you to try at least without feeling dangerous.

Step 3- Temptation

This is an important step in the successful adoption of technology. This is a symbolic turn to your idea as a tech consumer. Once you have tried the technology and given permission to click on it (whether it is a new device like the iPad or a new website like Edmodo.com) you should give it a try. Only then can we overcome our fear.

You may encounter a problem when trying new technology. Your frustration may increase, your fears may arise, but don’t let it get to you. Trust that you will not damage the device with just one click. You can always restart, restart or reload. Watch the help button, user guide or YouTube instructional videos to help you overcome these barriers. When you try, keep an open mind and look for anything that is interesting or useful to you.

Step 4- Excitement

Often, teachers are happy with their classroom schedule by trying out a new tool. Teachers are creative and creative people by their very nature. We are always looking for content to categorize and optimize for our readers. You may be wondering how this new tool will fit into your studies as you get used to it. Communicating with other teachers is crucial to managing information effectively and paving the way for real-world application in your classroom. Research technology online and read teacher’s blogs and reviews to better understand the product and see how others have used it successfully in their classrooms.

Step 5- Adoption

The sooner you follow the previous steps, the more confident you will be in using the new technology. Adoption means that you are ready to take the initiative to incorporate this approach into your curriculum, expand its benefits, and benefit your students.

Everyone goes through technical acceptance stages with their own values. However, knowing that you feel you have a problem in the first place can help you overcome your fears very quickly with productive level testing and acceptance. As teachers, we do not always have control over new educational changes or programs in our school, but it is one thing to be able to control how we respond to these changes. We can use our energy in productive ways while keeping fear away. Anyway, I wish you all the best,