Impediments to Use of Technology in Education

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

Teachers are very aware that many kids in their classes are highly tech-savvy and they often feel like they are playing catch-up with their students in understanding technology. Or they are even throwing up their hands in the face of the onslaught.

In a recent blog at Education Rethink, John T. Spencer, a sixth grade teacher in an urban school in the U.S., wrote about “11 reasons teachers aren’t using technology“. The 11 reasons given are:

1. Fear
2. Low self-efficacy
3. Testing (testing regime inconsistent with digital learning approach)
4. Consumerism (seeing technology only from the consumer viewpoint)
5. Lack of leadership
6. Inconsistent paradigms
7. Personal experience
8. Humility (need for, and willingness to change)
9. It’s optional
10. Lack of technology
11. Lack of research (going beyond the hype)

Despite these impediments, we can all see that digital learning is not only here to stay, but that it is also on a rapid growth trajectory, driven by the underlying economics of technology and the rapid pace of innovation. Technology gets less expensive and more pervasive every few months; we see this especially in the mobile device category. It is less apparent but just as significant in the massive growth of the technology infrastructure which supports social media sites, search sites, application sites, media repositories and the whole panoply of Web-based applications and resources.

Fortunately the technology keeps getting easier to use as well, which is why we are seeing rapid uptake by children. Children around the world are increasingly familiar with technology in their home environments. And technology is not only what they are using today in their homes, and increasingly in their schools, but also what they will use in their adult lives in their careers. So it’s an imperative.

The inhibitors above can be, and are being overcome, every day. Curriki is pleased to play a part in the increasing adoption of technology in education, by supplying a broad range of open curricular resources, which may be employed by any educator or student in the world who chooses to use them. And with their open source royalty-free model, these resources may be deployed in conjunction with a wide array of curricular needs and with various teaching methods.

One response to “Impediments to Use of Technology in Education

  1. One of the paradoxical elements of my experience with students is that bad work habits do not necessarily improve on-line. Because my practice has been with HS exceptional children there been some success with a “study buddy” sometimes a staff member sometimes a fellow student. Also the data driven self-reflection: You were on for x minutes. y responses were recorded. How can we continue to improve your performance profile. The data variance is so broad as to require a professional review.

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