One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year is DON’T give people resources without explaining how and WHY to use them.
The instructional teaching manuals, and ESL resources my counterpart has received at English teaching conferences? Locked in cupboards because no ever explained how to use them and the language is too difficult to teach herself how to use them.
The giant flat screen TV and English DVD library in our classroom? Never been touched.
The free “educational” tablets my students receive every year? Used for playing games and taking selfies, rather than learning and reading.
The 2 Smart boards my school received? Used once to project blinking GIFs behind my principal in a meeting, then abandoned in an empty room. None of the teachers even know how to turn them on.
I think giving people resources (especially technology!) can be such a great gift, but if you don’t teach people how to use things, you might as well just throw money into the abyss and hope it hits someone who knows how to spend it.