As one of the school district's part time EdTech Integrationists, I have the opportunity to meet and plan with teachers at every level. Like many schools, we have veteran teachers who remember when the first computer entered the school walls, to teachers who have never known a school without computers. Some teachers have no apprehension about integrating technology into their classrooms and lessons to create a more engaging and personal learning environment for their students. However, understandably there are some that are not quiet so comfortable with it. This is very common in schools, and it is not isolated to issues involving technology or education.
Trying something new or changing an established routine can be scary. It is human nature. Some would make the claim that it takes courage to overcome this fear.
Shifting gears for a second...
Malcolm Gladwell quickly became one of my favorite authors. I read The Tipping Point for a grad class and proceeded to purchase every other book he had written. His unique way of writing and his remarkable ability to connect ideas and stories that seemingly have no connection is incredibly entertaining to me. Currently, I am reading David and Goliath. One of the general ideas of the book is that underdogs are not always really the underdogs. The argument is that the underdogs can sometimes benefit from the hardships they have experienced.
When discussing the Nazi bombing of Great Britain during WWII, Gladwell talks about how many Londoners who survived the air raids emerged from the situation stronger than before. Many leaders believed the bombings would destroy the psychological resolve of the people of London. However, it seemed to have the opposite effect. The remote misses, the people who survived the bombings unharmed, no longer lived in fear. They went about their days as though nothing could harm them. As Gladwell puts it:
Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you've been through the tough times and you discover they aren't so tough after all.