In the book Technology Together, Renata Phelps and Anne Graham use a similar protocol when considering an IT vision. They write about the importance of discussing what education might look like in the future because this sort of visioning process helps people to embrace change and to play a productive role in moving forwards towards the vision that they prefer. In the Technology Together protocol there are 3 different kinds of futures:
- Possible futures - by thinking creatively and imaginatively people can consider various future scenarios - both positive and negative.
- Probable futures - this involves thinking logically and thinking about the connection between the current situation and the envisaged futures
- Preferred futures - involve a choice between the alternative futures
Both these protocols when used with teachers can lead to valuable discussions and eventually a shared vision for change and ideas of how to make the change happen.