What barriers or constraints are keeping this from happening in your district, school, organization?


  • Genuine barrier is testing, NCLB schools that are not meeting the minimum test scores. There is a perception that technology that is an extra that will not help get there.
  • Limited amount of technology hardware.
  • Time is a huge one coupled with the notion that maybe if I wait it out long enough it will go away.
  • There seems to be no pressure to make the teams that have not progressed in tech use to do anything.
  • Grading gets in the way- no easy way to assess this stuff.
  • People in top admin believe that we are using technology when we really aren't- illusion.
  • We don't know what we don't know.
  • Teachers' fear of letting go of control.
  • Traditionalism
  • Teachers' perception that they know what is best for kids.
  • Pursue your passion
  • Lack of vision, need a collaborative atmosphere - involvement from all
  • Misunderstanding that you need to know it all before you can do it.
  • The people that look like that they are doing it have mastered it and that others can't get there.
  • Infrastructure- money.
  • In order to implement what we want we need to have internet that is not blocked. Need to change policy about what is blocked.
  • Need guidelines about what to do with blogs and wikis when the students are no longer in the class.
  • People are scared.
  • Lack of encouragement to take risks.
  • Being a school on the needs improvement list
  • Need to get off the list
  • Data driven
  • Technology is not as important as other things
  • Infrastructure- money
  • Old school- wireless does not work through stone
  • Time
  • No life because i spend time doing this
  • Learning curve
  • Hoping it will go away
  • Lack of leadership that says this is the direction that we are going
  • Fear and isolation
  • Power struggle - administrators not wanting to give power to teachers
  • Teachers not giving power to kids
  • Teachers not giving power to other teachers
  • Lack of ability to say I don't know something
  • Lack of ability to learn from each other
  • Need to understand that technology is not separate from other things you do
  • Parents and teachers saying if it ain't broke don't fix it
  • Pressure of AP exams, college entrance rates, grades
  • Status quo
  • Data
  • Data killing creativity
  • Not enough critical mass
  • Deep time needed for buy in
  • College admission, losing control, consequence of students not getting into the college they can
  • Feeling that teachers must, versus choice
  • Social economic problem of money
  • Equity of resources
  • Fear of change itself
  • Scripted curriculum- every six weeks teach the curriculum and test
  • Teaching methods and resources do not match the methods and resources allowed to be used in assessment
  • Disconnect between what we feel the kids should learn and what they are tested on
  • Need to revise the curriculum