Where Are You On The Pencil Metaphor

The following graphic is applicable as well to business and not-for-profits organizations as well as the educational environments for which it was created.




1. The Hangers-On
Hangers-on know all the right lingo, attend all the right seminars, but just don’t do anything.

2. The Erasers
These people endeavour to undo much, if not all, of the work done by the leaders.

3. The Ferrules
These people hang on tightly to what they know. They keep a strong grip on their traditional practices, and feel that there is not a place for technology in their classroom.

4. The Wood
These people would (get it?) technology if someone would just get them the gear, set it up, train them, and keep it running. All they need is help from some sharp person, and they would be doing it too.

5. The Sharp Ones
These are the people that see what the early adopters have done, willingly grab the best of it, learn from the mistakes of others, and do great stuff with their students.

6. The Leaders
These people are the first to take on the technology, the early adopters would.

Not sure who first created the graphic but here are a few links where it might have begun: