What is it that draws us to Technology? As an educator, I find it interesting that while we have a theory of how people adopt technology (the innovation adoption curve of Rogers), we still don’t know why. Rogers’ curve says that there are five levels of adoption: Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, and Laggards. However, why is it that 50% are labeled as late or laggard? What causes those people to adopt later than the first half?
These are some of the same questions I ask as an educator regarding learning. I think it all boils down to motivation. What motivates me to learn or adopt a particular piece of technology at any given time? Is it the relevance to my personal economy or is it something deeper?
There seems to be a connection between this and Carl Jung’s personality type testing. I plan on giving my students the Meyer-Briggs version of the test this fall and then measuring how quickly they adopt the learning. I will update this blog as I get further along with my choices.