Change is Scary but These School Leaders at Gunungkidul Do not Let Fear Stop them to Change

Change can be scary. No one said change was going to be easy. Yet, fear of new way of doing things has often stopped you to embark new opportunities and possibilities.

Currently, many public schools school leaders & educators in Gunungkidul face real challenge in the way they work such as complicated file management, limited file storage, and harmful virus.

The only way to out from these problems is to change the way they work from old traditional PC system to the brand new cloud system where they can access secure, mobile, and unlimited data storage with G Suite for Education & Chromebook.

Daunted by the challenge of figuring out where to begin, what first steps to make, and what risks to take, the school leaders learned why change is necessary to move their school forward.

In the beginning, the change seems impossible and scary for them because they have limited experience implementing G Suite, limited access of internet to use cloud system. With the support of Google for Education Professional Development partner & Chromebook partner, some selected public schools in Gunungkidul prepared their IT Admin & school leaders from different level of schools to lead the digital transformation of the school system.

Change CAN NOT be separated from coaching & mentoring with the access to best practices, relevant resources, and continuous support.

One of school leaders even said that one of the biggest reason for them to change is they realised familiarity of doing same old things could be their greatest enemy to grow.

That’s why we designed this program beyond face to face training. We include contextual online mentoring to continuously support our school leaders and early adopters and assess their change and progress with relevant evaluation tools.

In every coaching aspect, we don’t focus on teaching technology but it’s communication, collaboration, confidence, commitment, and creativity, all of those soft skills that every students and teachers need to practice. When you marry these objectives with G Suite & Chromebook, you will see how technology will positively disrupted the way schools leaders & teachers to work more productively and efficiently.

I am very glad that they do not allow their fear to stop them learn new ways of doing things.

In the end, they believe learning is changing so much through the use of technology which is providing us with new ways to do more. Being able to have G Suite for Education & Chromebook will bring learning at Gunung Kidul to next level of excitement. I think this is really going to change the face of learning at Gunung Kidul.

Fearless — that’s one way to describe these leaders who replaced their fear with courage.


Steven is a life long learner and multi-award educational technology coach with international certifications from Google, Apple, National Geographic, TED Ed, Google Earth Education, EdTech Team, EduTECH Asia, Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative, US Embassy, Tech in Asia, and many international and local institutions.

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