Terry Thomas, Director of Information Technology, Temple University
Professional training teachers in education technology can be time-consuming and expensive, but it is necessary if students are expected to achieve the intended results from their technology experience.
Education technology is an essential aspect of the 21st-century learning process. Devices like computers, video conferencing, and even artificial intelligence can be utilized to improve children's education, offer help to students with impairments, and have a range of other applications and advantages when adequately implemented in the classroom.
Implementing educational technology in the classroom is not always easy or successful. Several teachers and administrators experience challenges that stop them from sourcing, installing, and using technology to help learners acquire knowledge more effectively.
Education technology is a relatively new sector that is constantly evolving. It is critical to better understand educational technology to avoid typical errors during deployment and maintenance. Professional help is available for a range of IT systems. Continue reading to discover the most pressing issues confronting educational technology adoption and use.
Lack of Professional Training
Every day, more innovative and new educational technology is introduced. Teachers must be able to use each new technology to its full potential and even teach the learners how to do so. Presenting classrooms with a gleaming new technology that neither instructors nor students can use is unlikely to improve a child's educational experience and forcing busy teachers to learn how to utilize a new tool can be stressful and time-consuming. Professional training educators, faculty, and staff may be time-consuming and expensive, but it is essential if students are expected to receive the intended results from their technology experience.
Poor Network Infrastructure
Providing a classroom full of students with laptops or notebooks will have little effect if the school lacks the necessary network infrastructure to accommodate them. Fast, high-quality Wi-Fi at school and home, along with data privacy and security, access to digital resources, and much more, are essential components of good network architecture. Designing, constructing, and maintaining a solid network infrastructure requires considerable effort and planning, as it is vital for the efficient and appropriate use of technology in education.
Unreliable Devices and Software
A shortage of a robust infrastructure can be exacerbated by a lack of dependable devices and software, both of which can be significant roadblocks to the adoption of education technology. An unstable device is similar to a malfunctioning notepad, or it can be a flaw that prevents students from attending tests or remaining logged in at school. Even though education technology can be a robust tool, it requires consistent and dependable devices and software to become a suitable alternative in the future.