In the past few years, we have noticed a significant progress in education technology especially due to the benefits that come with it ranging from increased productivity to improved accessibility.
While the growth is there for the taking, but still many schools and colleges are struggling to adopt such technology in their system as a result of a number of barriers.
I will try to highlight as many of them as possible in this article. So pay close attention as much as possible. After all, if you don’t know the problems well, how will you find out the solutions? Anyway, let’s begin.
This is perhaps the largest hurdle to adopting education technology.
Although you may counter saying that technology is pretty inexpensive these days and has easy availability in markets. Well, if you do, you will be absolutely spot on with your assessment from a general sense of view.
But the problem is many schools or colleges can’t even afford that small sum of money to implement technology in classrooms. Yep, I do mean the Government subsidized schools in particular where tuition fees are low in comparison to the rest.
Budget issues may also lead to things like “bring your own device” to schools which is something that can create more problems from the point of view of compatibility and misplacement.
So you see, unless “underfunding” of schools and colleges is brought to a check, this issue cannot have an effective solution on the whole.
2. Poor training
Having just an access to technology isn’t enough to do the job for you. You also need to know the apt ways through which you can use them in the best possible way. Thus, the importance of training gets highlighted by this very point itself.
Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, most schools or colleges can’t even provide ample training to their faculty to use such a piece of technology in the best possible manner. Thus, incompetence creeps in as a burden and remains there until a proper solution is found.
You also need to realize that most teachers, unlike students haven’t actually grown with an electronic device in their hands. Hence, proper training is definitely needed to make them accustomed to these technologies and improve their accessibility at the same time.
3. Unwillingness to adopt new technology
This what we call the old-fashioned mentality. And yes, they do exist.
Many teachers and office administrators still refuse to adopt new technologies in their classrooms because of one simple reason: “they don’t like then.” Yep, this might look a bit too petty to be true but trust, me it is.
Unwillingness to accept changes mainly occur as a result of fear which crops up as a result of poor training and unfamiliarity. So the only way to turn this problem into a part of the solution is to provide them with a decent exposure to technology and the different ways through one can use them effectively.
A small step today can save a lot of hassle for tomorrow.
4. Poor infrastructure
Many schools and colleges still lack the infrastructure to connect to the internet. This creates a significant communication gap which is one of the main reasons due to which they fail to implement education technology in classrooms.
So even if the government increases the funding on these schools/colleges, they must look into the very basics like a steady internet connection along with a working device to get on it.
Improving the infrastructure should be the first priority. Everything comes second to that.
So that takes care of all the problems then. But is there a way to turn the problems into a part of the solution? Let’s see.
- The government needs to delve deep into the matter and make computer science compulsory in the school curriculum. They should also provide schools with a reasonable number of PCs for practical lessons.
- Teachers who aren’t comfortable enough with gadgets and computers need to be properly trained by the experts of the subject matter. The Government should keep a tab on this.
- Education technology subsidy needs to be increased a bit so that every school and college can afford a few basic edu-tech amenities with ease.
- Last but not the least, each school should be provided with a stable internet connection so that they stay interconnected on the World Wide Web.
Every problem has a solution. And I am sure that this problem will also be solved one day with proper awareness and proper funding. But when? Only time will tell.