Teachers' Fear of Technology--How Does It Impact the Classroom?
Deborah Genet, University of Northern Colorado, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: Technology today is everywhere, including our classrooms. Feelings about technology, as well as comfort and knowledge levels are poignantly varied amongst students, teachers, and administrators. Some of our best and most experienced educators can be fearful of technology and reject the use of available technologies inside their classrooms. Young learners today are growing up with technology as a native language. Can we identify those teachers and assist in mending the technological gap between eager students and fearful teachers? This study will examine 15 experienced educators via surveys and interviews to assess their fear of technology levels, as well as identify correlating rejections of technology usage within their classrooms. The expectation is that the results will identify traits and trends in teachers and assess what strategies and support systems that can be implemented to reduce their fears and thus assist in the facilitation of effective educational technologies.
Genet, D. (2013). Teachers' Fear of Technology--How Does It Impact the Classroom?. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1309-1314). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).