Part 1: A Problem and A Solution
Part 2: Create Momentum
Part 3: Cast a Vision
Create momentum: Pile on the pressure
You need to create this type of momentum and pressure around the need for a new Learning Management System (LMS) by establishing a sense of urgency. In the previous blog post, you read about Establishing A Problem and A Solution, but even if you make it abundantly clear that there is a need for a new LMS, there is no guarantee people will see the RUSH behind adding this new element to every other initiative you currently have at your school.
John P. Kotter in his book, Leading Change, emphasizes the importance of creating a sense of urgency around the need for change. Without this new energy surrounding the change, complacency settles in and people revert back to the old methods without much concern. A momentum is needed to get people moving and the urgency is needed to keep people on task with the change efforts.
21st century learners
We have a new kind of student in front of us. The term "digital native" has taken on all kinds of meanings, but the truth is that we have a new kind of learner with new expectations coming to our classrooms, whether we are ready or not.
This is hard to express to teachers so use concrete examples. I always use these two videos to illustrate the new kind of student we have coming into our classrooms now. I've also seen people reference social media posts from their friends' kids with iPads in hand. We will do these students a disservice if we continue to teach students in the traditional model and postpone changing the pedagogy around 21st century learning.
Standards provide clarity
Establish a truncated version of these standards to share with teachers. Looking at these documents can be very overwhelming, just like most standards documents. Take time to simplify them down to the three main ideas that are most relevant to your school and present them to leadership and teachers as another reason why your school needs to adopt a new LMS now.
ISTE ESSential conditions
You are not alone
Common Sense Media has 1:1 implementation tools that could easily transfer to a new LMS or any other technology initiative.