When I came in, they were talking about the Technology Adoption Life Cycle of Rogers. Very interesting.
When you're comparing his theory with education it all makes alot of sense. I tried to use his theory on the sales of digital school boards in The Netherlands at this moment.
Innovators: a few people in school, who were already very interested in new technology to use inside their classes.
Early adopters: the people noticing that there is something new for sale, and is working like a charm.
Early majority: The level, I think The Netherlands are currently in. Most of the schools already know about, or are using them. However, alot of schools dont know the possibilities about it yet. Or dont feel competent using them.
Late majority: For the early adopters and innovators the product is old already. But the late majority sees the product everywere around them, and they think it's time for them to start the upgrade.
Laggards: The old teachers in school who aren't familiar with this kind of technology, and don't want to know about or use it.
After the innovation part, it was time to do an test. A bit wierd, but we were warned that the test probably had a false result. Keeping that in mind, we had to evaluate ourselves during the test what kind of a person we are. Are we the born leaders that want to create and use innovative technology? Or are we the people that want to controll a group and send them towards a goal? I did my best to translate the meanings of the words. Some might have a different meaning than I discribed them below.
Suprisingly, my results were quite accurate!
Usually I am very enthusiastic, have lots of energy and willpower when creating something. However, I am not so good at the start. I am uncertain what I want to product to become or what I want my end achievement to be.
I think that creating scenario's and creativity are quite similar attributes. In my case, the difference is that I am not good at making up scenario's or creating stuff. But like to think outside of the box. Regularity isn't the way I want to go.
Taking distance is very hard for me. When I start, I want to keep going because I am very curious what the end results are going to be. When the product is finished, I can look back and evaluate or adjust during the proces. But it's hard to look back when you want to move forward.
Leadership is a hard one. When no one else does, or if I feel like I want/need to I will lead. But if that isn't the case, I definitely won't suggest myself as a leader.
- Wikipedia, 13 april 2014. Op 18-04-2014 binnengehaald van en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_innovations