Technology for Learning Secretary – As a teenager, I can remember laughing at my parents for being stuck in a ‘rut’ – always having the same routine, making the same meals, rarely venturing outside their own bubble. It was even more amusing when something unexpectedly changed, such as going from VCR and beta machines to DVDs and how it threw them for a loop, the world seemingly coming to an end. Fast forward 30 years and I seem to be suffering from the same condition, not nearly as funny now.

Change is inevitable; it happens all the time whether it be big or small and yet many of us seem so ill equipped to deal with it. One small bump of turbulence and everyone is screaming that the plane is going down. Many of us naturally go to the worst case scenario, that whatever the change is, it’s going to be too hard, it’s going to ruin everything, and so on. Fear of the unknown affects not only us, but our reactions directly impact and influence those around us – our children, coworkers, friends and family. People, especially children, adopt the same views on change that the adults in their world project outwardly, which can cause a snowball effect of negativity.

Maybe think about it like this: You are the pilot of the Boeing 747 and all of the passengers and crew are your family, coworkers, and friends. To keep the plane in the air, you must remain calm during bouts of turbulence and be flexible and adaptable when there’s a change in path. This keeps you steady and calm. Knowing the ins and outs of your plane helps you make decisions. If you don’t know something, you research it. Change is absolutely the same.

If you are a prepared and unruffled pilot, your passengers and crew will remain calm as well. If your plane needs to be routed to another airport due to bad weather and turbulence, assuring your passengers that everything is alright and that they will make all their other connections will help ensure that they aren’t having meltdowns and scrambling for the oxygen masks. Change doesn’t automatically mean negative things. Often it can lead to very positive outcomes and experiences. By embracing the beast called ‘change’, you are preparing yourself to handle it successfully and be a model for those around you.

Education and technology are constantly evolving and changing. By embracing advancements in curriculum, teaching, and technology, the end result will be a better educational experience for students. By communicating those changes and making the transitions seamless, both staff and students will be better equipped to embrace them as well. By working collaboratively, we can tame the scary beast and transform it into a fuzzy, purring kitten.

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