Identifying 4 biggest barriers to education technology

Posted : 08-Feb-2018

Digitalisation and digital education are now extensive. Most of the classrooms have digital support and infrastructure. Though education technology has grown by leaps and bound over a couple of years, in spite, countless schools and classrooms struggle with the adopting new technology. Every one of us is not the same, and when it comes to technology we show our appetitive skills as how well we understand and use technology whether it is whiteboards or touch screens. In many cases, digital learning becomes a little difficult, different and harder to imbibe in our knowledge domain let’s try to figure out what are the common problems encountered.


Expensive: Possibly the major hindrance to adopting education is a lack of significant investment, and, with certain technologies outmodes in a matter of years. Small sized Institutions are cautious about making such investments. Policies like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) causes a further problem as every device is not the same and has its own limitations.   


Inadequate training: Schools should participate and invest in education technology for better outcomes. An access to learning technologies without proper training to harness these technologies can greatly hamper reversely. Tech training is especially important for teachers because many of them aren’t “digital natives” — they didn’t grow up with technology at their fingertips like most of their students have — so new technology often has a steep learning curve.


‘No’ to adopting new technologies: Resisting to adopting technologies in the classroom is another grave issue. It has been observed in some cases teachers and administrators resist adopting new technologies in the classroom. It’s understandable that time-crunched teachers are wary of adopting new classroom tools, especially when they’re lacking support on a school, departmental, or district level. Parents who see their kids highly enthralled with gadgets may also refrain from tech adoption.


Poor or lack of infrastructure: you may have all the technology gadgets, proper funding and even one device, one student but then there is inadequate network or internet problem. Perhaps the largest issue is lack of internet access. The survey tells reports that more than 16% of teachers say their school has a network problem and poor internet connectivity. The absence of internet access significantly discourages adoption.


Lastly, when it comes to adopting technology to low-income students it becomes little difficult as most of the student doesn’t have access to technology and BYOD policy does not work for them. Students without easy access to technology may fall behind. As technology has become a part and parcel of our life it has become pertinent to avail better connectivity and devices to the sections of the society who are left behind in the race of time.   


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