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Trying to change teacher practice? Enlist ‘Bob’

Skeptical staff members are important allies in convincing others to try new approaches

teacher-techPerhaps the most frequent question I get from school administrators is: How can I get my teachers to use technology?

It’s often voiced by a school principal, ed-tech admin, or superintendent who wants faculty to change their instructional practices.

As most administrators know, top-down directives are not going to convince teachers to use technology.

Directives don’t change beliefs, and they often provoke resentment. Nor do “one off” talks by outside experts bring about substantive and lasting change.

Classroom practices are most acutely and profoundly changed by peer-to-peer interactions over a sustained period—whether formal presentations at gatherings or informal exchanges in the cafeteria.

(Next page: Choosing a teacher to model tech use)

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