Leonard Low points out that an effective way of getting educators on board with new technologies is to focus on the outcomes gained by technology use, not the technologies themselves. He says:-
By first demonstrating the application of technology, and providing a clear picture of the goal - how it might improve teaching and learning - we can help educators to better understand why they might want to become more proficient with educational technology tools, even before they start grappling with them.
So, if I wanted to sum up my own payoff for engaging with web based tools as an incentive for others to follow my lead, it could read something like this.
- I get to experience other people's classroom practice.
- Other people listen and respond to my ideas.
- Others suggest resources and advice with my needs and interests in mind.
- I find empathy and sympathy for my professional frustrations.
- I talk with and network with educators worldwide.
- My ideas and words are quoted and used by others in their professional work.
- New and emerging trends come to my notice.
- My work can be retrieved and used by anyone with a web connection.
Any other obvious ones I should include?