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Is the opposite true as well? Does this mean that the schools with less
support are developing users with better problem-solving skills? More
risk-taking behavior because there are few alternatives? Are staff and
students in schools with more accessible support getting lazy?
At the elementary schools I work in, I would say that no tech support develop problem solving skills, but rather it makes them not want to use the technology.
Many teachers are willing to try something if there is someone there to bail them out, but won't take the risk if they have to do it themselves. Over time, with help, they begin to try more on their own.
It also is dependent on the person. Some people are more willing to take risks, some not, some have more demanding classes so don't want to deal with the technology not working while the kids are climbing the walls. A second person in the room with them is reassurance.
Joanne Finnegan, Technology Coordinator
Richmond and Jericho Elementary Schools
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