Adopting technology in the educational scene to support teacher and student is easier said than done. On the surface, it isn’t terribly complex. All you need to do is define the problem you’re trying to solve, identify the right tools for the job, and implement the tools effectively and with fidelity. In reality, there are many challenges to be fought along the way. So where does edtech implementation fail? Here are the most common loopholes:
Schools must take a step back and think strategically about why they are introducing a specific technology. The questions that they need to ask within the organization are:
- What problem are schools trying to solve?
- What needs are they trying to address?
- How does an edtech product help do that?
Insufficient Modeling of Best Practices
As per a survey conducted by Samsung, 37 percent of teachers say they would love to use technology but don’t know how, and 76 percent say they would like a professional development day dedicated to technology. Teachers are not currently confident enough to integrate technology and need expert advice and help.
Bad First Impressions
Teachers are constantly being asked to implement, integrate new technologies, new programs, and add on layers of responsibility. They find it as an area of concern.
Real-World Usability Challenges
Many tools being used in edtech space sometime turn out to be unwieldy or need to be modified. Rather than seeing it as a failure, it should be seen as an opportunity to learn and improve both product and practice. Also, teachers may start using a tool, only to realize that it’s not really serving the purpose they intended in the long run.
The Right Data to Track Progress
There is a lack of useful data to answer the following questions:
- How fast are they grasping a concept?
- Where are they getting stuck?
- Are there particular aspects of an individual lesson where they might need more attention and help? What method of learning is best for them as an individual learner?
Apart from these, tech implementations sometimes also fail because the products themselves don’t have the right depth of data for teachers or a workable interface or when eager IT directors lock down hardware and networks for security purposes in a way that makes the tool far less valuable for instructors.