- Dealing with
do you handle the implementation
it a habit
ongoing, supported projects
- Regardless of the quality of your technology
program, it seems that every program eventually faces
an implementation dip. The key to success may be to
keep the program going by continuously adding new
elements and fresh ideas.
- Standing water looks peaceful,
calm. But without motion, the water
grows stagnant and dark. The elements
within it decay and die. Without an
infusion of new water, it shrinks and
eventually vanishes; a lost relic
leaving behind an empty river bed once
filled with promise.
- It isn't so much we're afraid of
change or in love with the old ways.
- It's just that place in between,
like being in between trapezes.
- It's Linus when his blanket is in
- There's nothing to hold on to.
- Keep Your Program
- How do you keep the technology program rolling?
Explore some of the following ideas.
- Join Projects. Encourage your teachers to
participate in established, ongoing projects. It's
hard to quit once you get started. For example, the
Boil, Toil and Trouble: Boiling Point Project is
an example of a project that's simple to join and fits
into the curriculum.
- Share Success. Seek out cool projects and
share. Use the "each one, teach one" philosophy. Find
teachers with particular interests or expertise and
encourage them to share their skills. For example, one
teacher might be great at "converting pictures" while
another might love to surf the Internet. Highlight
your successes and skilled teachers in a newsletter or
- Mini Grants. Support new ideas with
funding. If a teacher says, "I need a digital camera,
a field trip, photo quality paper, or a set of books"
for their project, develop a program to support these
types of projects.
- Infusion Ideas. Once teachers know how to
use a particular piece of software, continue to add to
their skills. In other words, I know the software, now
what? Offer workshops in "Beyond PowerPoint or
HyperStudio." Provide examples and models of
innovative ways to integrate the software into the
- Stop Dips
- How do
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Brainstorm a "now that I know it"
project that would promote new ways of
using old packages.