Readings have been both challenging and inspiring. Niki's article on the arena of change showed that what I do at the ground level has implications throughout the stand. An example is my introduction of utilising the wiki for the use of collaboration to create a piece of writing. This is a standardised paper test for our cluster so by introducing this technology and a different format has involved changes in the ecosystem. Already it is noticeable that certain areas within the stands are not cheering me on. I believe more information and support for their changing of opinion is needed. Reading the "Theories of Change" models showed how complex one change can be and how it has an ongoing affect around us. The CBAM model I thought was great as it looked at the cognitive concerns of the teachers and used developers as a supporting role. But the LAT Model was more direct in asking the questions, and I think a better model with the stages that it proposed. I like the idea of systemic change needing three processes before sustained adoption can take place; convergence, mutuality, and extensiveness. These three factors show the importance of communication and sharing for adoption of technology to take place.
Rogers' "Diffusion of Innovation" I found was very relevant to my technology tool (wiki). His theory of the five attributes needed to reduce uncertainty is certainly transferable to my context. Also relevant to my topic as it is now is the Technology Acceptance Model. When I read this I was over joyed as finally something was based on the students' perception. I could see this being relevant for my classroom as Brunei students with their limited exposure to IT and their lack of motivation can influence the adoption of technology in the classroom.
Through my own research into wikis I have learnt a lot. For me I am not a advocate of wikis. Not because I don't believe they are an incredible educational tool but from my previous experience in working with them. My knowledge so far through experience and research of wikis;
When I look back I can see how much ground we have covered in this course and how my ability to look at change and the effectiveness of it relies on more than just me. This is pivotal for my own thinking as at times I think of myself as a lone wolf, trying to stimulate, innovate and motivate my students to achieve with the help of technology. The readings have certainly helped my positioning on influencing the adoption of change which will hopefully have an effect in the future.
I made a comment in the forums that I was more influenced by my employer (an outside agency) and the MOE. I thought this was correct, but when I began setting up things in place for the adoption of this new technology I was pleasantly surprised to see I was actually working closely with the management within my school. I saw them further out in my arena but see they are closer than I thought. If I didn't notice this, maybe this would have had an effect on the adoption of the wiki. Something maybe as an outside contractor I take for granted.
I have three goals for the next three weeks
- To analyse readings (at least eight more) and report on them identifying the key findings and how they specifically relate to my context
- Play with wikis. Ensure I have begun to address my concerns so that I can give every chance of my topic been a success
- Stay on top of the course. Develop my understanding and share within this community and my professional community
Finally, my last thoughts. I want this paper to make a change. I want to make a change professionally to give the adoption of new technology every chance of success. I want to sleep at night without thinking about this course. I want to receive more feedback to see if I am on the right track or not. I want to reflect through this course and help others with their journey. I want to create knowledge and understanding throughout my arena.
I know there is a lot of wants but, if you don't want something and go for it you may never get there and if you do, you may not appreciate it.
Off to Cambodia next week so need to stay focused and work towards my wants and goals!