ERADICATING TECHNOPHOBIA AMONG THE TEACHERS OF 21ST CENTURY A. Shyamala Devi, Assistant Professor of Education, Annammal College of Education, Tuticorin, Tamilnadu, India.
Meaning of Technophobia • Technophobia – Fear of technology. • Discomfort in use the technology like computers. • Feeling of hostility towards the changes. • Technophilia – Love of Technology.
Symptoms of Technophobia • Fear of computers and related technologies. • Lack of personal interest in computer. • Insufficient knowledge of ICT. • Unwilling to attend training classes. And workshops on ICT. • Slow to learn new technologies. • Providing excuses for not attending training sessions. • Pleading, "the old way is the best way!". • Convincing colleagues that "I have made it this far without technology. Why now?".
Tips to Avoid Technophobia in the Classroom • Seeking Help • Learning from the students • Applying Web 2.0 tools • Supervised Freedom • Connecting learning with Technology
Behavioural Therapy for Technophobic Teachers• Group Training• Peer – based Training• Workshops and Seminars• Exposure – based Behavioural Therapy• Providing Laptops
“There can be infinite uses of the computer andof new age technology, but if the teachers themselvesare not able to bring it into the classroom and make itwork, then it fails”. - Nancy Kassebaum (US Senator).