The "Conditions for classroom technology innovations" article brought to the front some of the same views that I have experienced in teachers integrating technology. It seems almost as though instead of looking for the reasons some technology integration succeed, we instead look at why some fail. I am not sure that is the correct approach to take when looking at anything. Sure it helps to find the problems, but just because we find the problems doesn't mean we have found real successes.
I agree with the fact that the Innovator makes the most difference. The education always falls back to the teacher and how the teacher responds to the issues. The teachers proficiency, pedagogical compatibility and social awarenss will make it easier, but that is true for any aspect of the classroom, not just the implementation of technology. It is all in how the teacher responds and handles any situation.
I know they said "the quality of a project increases success", however I would think ahead of that is the context..."does the actual technology infrastructure work well enough so we can try a project?" I have seen more teachers excited to try something and then only to find out that we either don't have the technology or "it's been ordered" only to have it take months to arrive. This frustration by a teacher will definitely "deflate the balloon of excitement".
I also agree that the most success comes from a decreased distance from and dependence on technological resources.
Most of this is common sense...
*If you stay close to what you are comfortable with, your project will succeed.
*The fewer people you rely on, the less problems you will encounter.
*A good teacher will teach, no matter what the subject or how much technology is used or not used.
*It is hard to keep a positive attitude and a successful project going when other staff people do not believe in what you are trying to accomplish
*Some projects are successful just because of the quality of the projects designed by the teacher. When the students are excited about the project and they don't realize they are learning is when it works the best.
Hopefully the goal would be to eliminate the obstacles so teachers will at least try a few things and not be too discouraged.