I was lucky, I got to go to a lot of conferences, had a flexible curriculum, had a computer lab with my own network that I was the administrator of and had less pressure than the top four content areas. I tried and loved lots of technology and online tools and shared with anyone that would listen. However, the enthusiasm that I generated in a workshop did not always carry over into classroom use.
Here are my top 5 obstacles http://scan-werecriticaltothinking.blogspot.com/. What are yours?
I agree, teaching is an overwhelming job and there are a lot of things that are not under our control (like assemblies, etc.). In asking this question in a number of forums, I have found that the best way to help teachers overcome obstacles is to give them the support that they need - ITRT's play a big role in that. Keep up the good work!
1. We have to seek BaseComm approval to purchase and install new software titles, a process that can be measured in years.
2. So far, we don't have an educational technology specialist position or branch. Ed tech training and implementation has been split across several departments for the last several years.
3. No funding for attending conferences; I've applied for CALICO and ISTE for several years running, but the training funds just aren't there. Ditto on online journal subscriptions to CALICO.
4. Many of our faculty are older (50+), and aren't comfortable with incorporating technology without a lot of hands-on guided learning. Because of our schedule and limited class space, it's difficult to train 400+ faculty and to ensure that everyone remains current.
Sometimes it all seems so insurmountable. I just attended a webinar that I thought had a great introduction and thoughts about working with your IT people to make it happen. You can check it out here. http://www.edweek.org/go/webinar/TechCurriculumLink