Why Should I Drink The Kool-Aid?

I have to admit, I love it when people challenge me in professional development sessions on why they should use technology.  A few weeks ago, a woman raised her hand and I headed back to help her.  I could see the “please help/save me” on the face of her friend sitting next to her.  When I approached she started with… “I’m here because she made me come.  I know I’m supposed to use technology, but I just don’t get it.  I’m old school.  I think this is just going to take away from their learning time and be a distraction.  Tell me why I’m supposed to drink your Kool-Aid

I had to laugh out loud.  I found my assessment for the day.  If she could walk out convinced, I would have succeeded.  We began a great discussion on what technology and media can do for her and most importantly her students.  I gently reminded her this is about teaching to her students future and preparing them.  Through our discussion, I started to gather the notion that perhaps it was more that she felt the students would replace her with the technology.  Then came a great discussion with several surrounding educators about how we can use technology… not how technology uses us.  We discussed technology and media as a resource and we also discussed the opportunity it afforded her to get creative.  It’s up to us to decide which technology/media resource fits where, why, and how it should be used to demonstrate students synthesis of knowledge.

She was one of the last to leave that day and her friend’s look of complete thanksgiving let me know the day was a success.

So, to all of you who once refused the Kool-Aid, but took the first sip…Congrats!  To all the friends who have sometimes drug their friends along for the ride… Congrats!  Keep on… Keeping on!

As we wrap up this week and reflect on Digital Learning Day 2013, let’s help each other with a bag full of tips, tricks, and resources for the next time each of us are faced with a “Why should I drink the Kool-Aid” question. What great resources, blog posts, etc  have you seen that help educators (administrators included) understand why we need to embrace digital media and technology and how does one manage the devices?  Post a comment!

Thanks to Kymberli Mulford for sharing this blog “7 Things You Can Always Do On Your Device In My Class” written by Doug Johnson.



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  1. Carolyn Rains said:

    What a great story and a great challenge! Thanks for sharing it

  2. Howard J Martin said:

    The funny part to me is that you Discovery Ed peeps offer us sweet Kool-Aid and we drink the sugary, sweet, delicious drink. The tricky part is that you also loaded it up with essential vitamins and minerals and proteins and even fish oils that we don’t taste. We just look at the healthy instruction that quality tech integration provides and say, “Wow, that was great Kool-Aid!” Thanks for all of your posts!

    Great resource? Learning tidbits out of the Twitter streams from many DEN Stars.

  3. Peg Hartwig said:

    What a great post! As a new tech integration coach, in a district full of students and professionals struggling to transform, Kool- Aid is the number one challenge! I love your summary and the genuine helpfulness that you showcase! The value and importance of positive, support is what DE and DEN strive to offer.

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