One of the first lessons that I try to teach colleagues interested in using digital tools in their teaching and learning is that they’ve got to develop a high level of digital resilience because stumbling blocks are simply inevitable in any school-based technology project.
“Don’t give up at the first sign of trouble,” I say, “because it certainly won’t be the last!”
The question I’m forced to ask, though, is can we honestly expect teachers to integrate technology into their instruction when we can’t guarantee that they’ll have consistent access to the proper tools to do that work?
Each time a carefully crafted digital learning experience fails in a school because of blocked websites, antiquated tools, or technology decisions that are not aligned with a new vision for teaching and learning, integration efforts take a punch to the gut.
Enough punches to the gut and any teacher is bound to be left reeling, don’t you think?