Upgrading Skills - Tech Learning

Upgrading Skills

Tip: Your district just upgraded to new programs. These could be email and calendar programs or anything else. It is your job to train your teachers on these new programs. You know that some of your teachers are attached to their email systems and are not going to like to let go. How do you sway them to learn and
Author:
Publish date:

Tip:
Your district just upgraded to new programs. These could be email and calendar programs or anything else. It is your job to train your teachers on these new programs. You know that some of your teachers are attached to their email systems and are not going to like to let go. How do you sway them to learn and use the new programs?

  • Admit that all change is difficult right from the beginning. You can start with a joke or story about how people were fine with their horses getting them to where they needed to go so why did they need an automobile or come up with another invention that made a lot of difference.
  • Emphasize the “carrot not the stick.†If training is mandatory, find all the reasons why what they are going to learn and how it will help them be more effective in their jobs.
  • Offer “just-in-time†opportunities at their own desks at a time that is convenient for them. If they can work on their computer and have you sit by their side as they make the changes, they will be more accepting.
  • Offer a variety of opportunities to learn the different programs: i.e. before school sessions with you, lunch and learn where they bring a bag lunch, after-school sessions, or an online tutorial.
  • Create or share a step-by-step tutorial in print form that your teachers can refer to.
  • Once a week or so, send tips about how to use the new programs in their email with links to the district’s website where all tips or tutorials are archived.

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

Next Tip: Getting to Know Your Participants

Featured

Related

Online Communication Skills

Tip: One area that we did not approach is identity theft and dealing with Phishing, which can lead to identity theft. How many of you have received a message like this?: "It appears the password for your Western Union account may have recently become compromised. As a result of this, we have reset your

Facilitation Skills

Tip: As a professional developer, you will take on many roles. If you are asked to lead a group or committee: Be prepared Outline your objectives and agenda Check with a knowledgeable person to give you ideas and feedback Establish ground rules to your group — e.g. respect others' opinions Don't

Image placeholder title

Best Upgraded Software

Designed for grades 6-12, the online AC Math program engagestoday’s learners by integrating real-world scenarios and interactivesimulations into standards-based learning.

Facilitation Skills(2)

Tip: How can effective facilitation strategies help to sustain a Professional Learning Community? Facilitating a Professional Learning Community can be a very rewarding experience, but can also present many challenges, as you need to find ways to have your members buy into what you are doing and contribute to

Understanding 21st Century Skills Training Gaps

Because every district’s, school’s and employee's 21st century skills knowledge differs, it is crucial that you understand the state of your participants'  21st century skills before they start to develop new skills. In order to customize your PD program on

Learning New Technology

Tip: One of the concerns for staff developers is how to help veteran teachers update their skills. One district was updating their email program and several teachers decided they were not going to change. Here’s one solution that worked for them: Let them know that change is difficult. People tend to get attached

21st Century Skills vs. Basic Skills

My staff and I have talked about the need to incorporate 21st century skills into the curriculum. However, many teachers question why should we do this when our students still lack basic academic skills. What's the answer? Your staff is not alone in their concerns. It may be helpful for you to visit the