RESOURCE: The Second Hurdle to Flipping Your Class
In a previous blog, I talked about the number one hurdle: that of flipping the mind of the teacher. We must rethink what class looks like. If this hurdle is not overcome the rest of the hurdles will not matter. In this series of posts I will highlight the other three hurdles which need to be overcome before you flip your class.
Once teachers have flipped their thinking about class time, the second hurdle they need to overcome is the issue of technology. Many teachers are not completely comfortable using technology. The thought of creating or curating video content for their students is a daunting task.
My experience is that technology often is too complex. There are too many buttons and too many steps for most educators. They have been trained in child psychology and development, pedagogy, content, and technology. The problem with technology is that it is always changing. Keeping up with technological change is overwhelming for most educators and they need simple solutions so they can get to the important part of education which I believe is interacting and connecting with their students.
How do we overcome this barrier? First, I call upon the makers of educational technology to make their products “crazy-easy” to use. Manufacturers should design their products with the end-user in mind. Teacher end-users may not be “techies,” so please think through the design.