How to Make the Edtech Integration Guy’s Job Difficult


Dear teachers

It’s a lot of fun showing you how to integrate technology meaningfully into your lessons. When a teacher has an ‘aha moment’, it gives the humble technology coach / ICT integration specialist the same kind of endorphin-fueled kick as when his students do.

But motivating you to integrate technology in a way which stimulates engagement and independent learning can be very tricky indeed.

Specifically, it makes our lives very difficult when you say things like…

  • “This is all very nice, but I simply don’t have the time. I have a syllabus to teach and tests to mark, you know!”
  • “In my day we got along just fine without all this fancy-schmancy tech stuff.”
  • “So now we’ve got to make our lessons all exciting and engaging? That’s not teaching.”
  • “I cannot allow my students to discover this stuff on their own. They won’t get it right.”
  • “Yes, but exams are still paper based!”
  • “How do I mark tests on an iPad?”
  • “My computer says ‘no operating system found’ can you fix it for me quickly please?”
  • “Never mind teaching me about collaborative documents and custom search engines and stuff, I want to know how to create a word-cloud for my exam!”
  • “My students wouldn’t dare plagiarize.”
  • “The files this student submits are always corrupted. Yet when he gives me another copy a few days later, it’s all fine. What’s going on?”
  • “I refuse to use the taps until the plumbing works like I want it to.”
  • “Can you reset my personal iTunes password please? I forgot it.”
  • “Which password must I use?”
  • “I make my password easy to remember. Like now it’s password2.”
  • “Kids don’t focus when they use their devices in class. They’re too busy playing games.”
  • “Kids’ language and grammar skills suffer when they type rather than write.”
  • “Why doesn’t the school wifi work when I get home? Please fix it.”
  • “Please can you just quickly…”
  • “Sorry to disturb your lesson…”
  • “Can you color-code my messages in my inbox please? I think it looks cool.”
  • “Why email that when we could discuss it at the staff meeting?”
  • “I’ll have my calendar on paper, thank you. It’s easier.”
  • “I don’t use to-do lists. I’ve got it all up here.”
  • “Yes, but how will this affect my… I mean my students’ results?”
  • “My computer isn’t turning on.”
  • “Wait, I want to write those steps down.”
  • “I never clean my keyboard. I think it was white once.”
  • “Yes, it’s easy for you. You’re the big computer geek.”
  • “I don’t know where you find the time!”
  • “‘Gamification’ you say? Not likely! School is no place for games.”
  • “But how can I be sure that they will do the homework I give them on their own?”
  • “If I let my kids discover and learn independently they’ll just goof off.”
  • “How do I get rid of these page numbers so I can print this web page for my kids?”

Many thanks

Your devoted Edtech Integrator




About Sean Hampton-Cole

Fascinated by thinking & why it goes wrong➫ (Un)teacher ➫iPadologist ➫Humanist ➫Stirrer ➫Edupunk ➫Synthesist ➫Introvert ➫Blogger ➫Null Hypothesist.
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