Take a look at the series I am doing monthly called Taming and Training the Technophobe.
I know this isn't motivating teachers, it is giving them an easy transition form nothing to something.
The Virtual Museums is a favorite of mine and the students. Less boring slides. Very little actual virtual field trips are taken in my school: combination of planning and dealing with connectivity issues. Have done small group videoconferencing, but not really "trips".
The idea of creating a museum is a quick way to get an exciting presentation, so if a teacher can give me 10-15 minutes, I can get the students excited with a new type of presentation. Sometimes the idea of getting the kids hooked on what the teacher is showing is a motivating push for the teacher to learn something new. A few times, it has been the students showing off their new presentation that convinces the teacher that they need to catch up!
Student experts have been helpful in bringing teachers into the 21st Century. The student experts host mini (15 min) workshops for teachers and share how the tools shared can be used to maximize learning and facilitate a student centered learning environment. Teachers attend the mini sessions and have a drink and desert while learning how to use technology to engage learners.
I do something similar, but do it during the student presentations. When teachers come into the computer lab to have the students create PowerPoint presentations, I ask the teacher if I can give an alternate method of presentation. I have not had a teacher say "No".
I then pick a few students and show them: Google Presentation, Present.Me, PREZI, SMARTBoard, and as mentioned in my Technophobe thread (also above), how to do a really, really, nice PowerPoint. As the students are creating these presentations, I show the teacher what/how they are doing. Both the teacher and the students learn. I have found that the next time the teacher is in, both they and the students want to do more than the basic presentation.
It is great when the kids teach the grown ups!
Gail, when I was still in the classroom, I had the opportunity to let my 6th graders be the 'technology teacher" for the first 15 minutes of the class. I usually had one or two students who found something interesting online or discovered a new skill on using Word or PowerPoint. It was a great learning experience for me. I learned quite a bit that year. :-)
I am actually working with one teacher who uses an Elmo to project her work on a screen. She lets the students use some computer programs, but she is so uncomfortable of using more technology to teach her students. I am trying to help her into the 21st century by showing her one piece of technology and helping her implement it into her classroom activities. I am seeing that she is a bit more comfortable, and eager to see what I have next for her to use. Time is always an issue, so I have to also get past that hurdle.
Introducing a little bit at a time, and seeing success with each bit of technology and computer knowledge is helping her not feel so fearful to put her toes into the water.
Here are two things I would do right away:
1) Point out that the teacher is already using technology: copy machine, telephone, e-mail, scissors, pencils, etc.
2) Introduce him or her to an iPad, projector, and doc camera. I would provide some starter apps and links to some great educational videos.
Then I would do the next two things:
1) Try to share in a project that involves technology (starting small), such as adding a wiki page or shooting and editing a short video.
2) Extend that sharing consistently, little by little, especially as it might fit the need of the teacher.
I would not:
1) Pressure or demean, or
2) Overload with ideas and tech tools
I like your ideas and relate to the last part about not demeaning or overloading. Techies do seem to have a tendency to want to show MORE and MORE "cool stuff". One of the quickest ways I've found to reduce the feeling of demeaning is to remind trainers not to use the word "just" and in "you just click here". It's amazing how the level of interaction changes when they remember. Do you have any other ideas on how to make the learner more comfortable?
I agree, eric, in that building on successes, showing the teacher what they are already doing, modelling, extending, sharing--these are all ways that i think are helpful in moving people toward being more inclusive of technology. i, too, have found that if people feel that they have a support system, even if it is just a person or 2 with techie know-how, that they will try more--essentially, as if, the support system is the scaffolding they need to try out new ideas and approaches. i know this has worked for myself, as when i feel comfortable and safe enough to ask questions and for guidance or inspiration--when there are helpfully accommodating and ingenious teachers out there (like yourself), we're (those of us who are still learning) are much more willing to try more...
also, always, as you guys have stated, that when i see teachers and students engaged in great projects and/or ideas, i am always prompted to find out what they are doing and how, so that i can encourage the same kind of greatness in my class's students as well.