I had an interesting conversation with a friend online recently. She asked “Why do teachers use or continue to use ABC when their district purchased XYZ“?
It’s a really good question.
I think it’s a sign of the times and it’s not simply a question of resisting change.
There was a time when people would just blindly follow the lead of those in authority who make those type of decisions. There was also a time where you would talk with the teacher across the hall or perhaps in the staffroom and use that as a place for conversations, collaborations or professional learning.
Times have changed.
There was a time when inspiration might come in the form of an email. That’s hardly the case now. In fact, for many people, email is the last digital place checked.
Now, your next best collaboration or conversation may come from half a world away. It may be ongoing or it might be just for the moment. Either works successfully. With the proper network, there’s always someone ready to learn with you.
On the open web, we have the best digital smorgasbord in the world. We have choice.
To quote another friend of mine, “I go where my friends are”.
Those who would be leaders need to be aware of this and use it to inform their decisions.
Heck, they need to lead the charge to this wonderful world of learning.