(And What You Can Do About It)
Here’s something new: your goal is not to simply install technology in classrooms, but to make technology disappear. We don’t literally mean that we want to remove technology from the classroom but rather, integrate it so seamlessly into the learning environment that it stops being “technology” and turns into “tools for education.”
Here are three common reasons that technology is not widely adopted and what you can do about it:
The Problem: The Design Isn’t Right
If your technology is cumbersome, too challenging to use, or doesn’t work reliably and consistently, there is a good chance that technology will either be avoided entirely or used for a short time and then discarded.
The Solution: Keep It Simple
The more complicated you make something, the less likely it is that people will actually use it. Here’s a hint to get started: run a test group filled with a group of educators that typically shy away from and aren’t very comfortable with technology.
The Problem: The Technology Doesn’t Flow with the Curriculum
Technology will never be widely adopted if it doesn’t integrate smoothly with the lesson that is being taught. If the teacher has to disrupt his or her lesson, struggles to make sure all of the appliances are turned on, or has to contact tech support during the lesson, you’re dead in the water.
The Solution: Technology and the Curriculum Need to Work Together
If you’re working with educators to ensure that the design of the technology is simple to use and adopt, it’s time to work with your curriculum specialists to ensure that the initiatives you’re implementing contribute to the learning process and the existing structure.
The Problem: The Technology Doesn’t Impact the End Users
Educators all share one end goal: to prepare students for success in the next stage of the game. Even if your technology is simple to use AND works well with the curriculum, it is completely irrelevant if it doesn’t provide tangible assistance and prepare those students for their next win.
The Solution: Check Your Curriculum Again
Think about the facts that students are learning in completely different ways than they did just a few years ago. Whenever you think about integrating a new piece of technology into the classroom, think about this: how will this assist in preparing these students for achievement and success?
Use our three strategies to help your educators more widely adopt technology in the classroom—that technology is sure to be more effective and play an integral part in the learning process. The goal is to enhance student success, so it’s important that we work together to ensure that technology is working with (not against), the overall strategy for an effective educational process.