At edutopia Marc Prensky does an interesting job of describing the way in which schools typically adopt new technologies. He describes a four step process:
2. Doing old things in old ways.
3. Doing old things in new ways.
4. Doing new things in new ways.
He also makes a strong argument for 1 to 1 computing.
He also speaks of the typical "school resistance to change" issue. I will defer to Larry Cuban on this one. In his classic book, Teachers and Machines, he describes attempts to adopt classroom technologies from educational radio on up. I like his stance that teachers will adopt technologies if it meets certain criteria that make sense. They typically demand ease of use, accessibility, durability etc. The resistance to change may actually be a pragmatic move on the part of professional educators who know what it takes to teach kids in REAL schools. This view better matches the experience I have had with my teaching peers when it comes to innovation adoption.
What do you think? Testing 123 ...is this thing on?
PS- if you are into ed tech on any level you must get the Postman book.