Sunday, July 10, 2011

Overcoming the F Word

Technology can bring out the best in learning, and the worst in a learner. I can't tell you how many times the F word has gotten in the way of successful technology implementation. I am not referring to the word that often comes out of a user's mouth when faced with an unforeseen obstacle; I am talking about the word that keeps a user from even trying:  FEAR.

The Seven Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools highlights how we are doing a disservice to our students when we let our fears (of being replaced, of not knowing enough) keep us from teaching good digital citizenship. Technology is here to stay, and it is in students' hands regardless of what we do in the classroom. Isn't it best to teach them how to use it responsibly and intelligently? Or should we continue to run away?


  1. Hooray... a teacher daring to step into the world of her students rather than insist they stay steady where she has become comfortable!