2. Belief that technology is a distraction to students. Many teachers feel that, because modern students already live in such a tech-heavy society, the classroom should be a respite from technology.
- Take a look at statistics that reveal tech in the classroom aids student success in a major way. Educators are almost always willing to go the extra mile to help their students, even if it means leaving their comfort zone.
- Explore software that helps you manage the classroom while students use tech. NetRef is an awesome way for teachers to minimize distraction while still using tech tools in the classroom.
- Experiment to find the right balance of tools that works for your classroom. Read up on finding the perfect mix of digital and standard lessons that will keep your students engaged.
3. Overwhelm from the wide variety of apps and programs available. The amount of apps, programs, and tech tools has reached astronomical heights. Here are some ways to help you cut through the clutter.
- Follow edtech experts on Twitter who provide incredible insight into which tech tools are optimal for varying situations. Here are a few accounts to get you started: @web20classroom, @ShellTerrell, @edutopia
- Ask your fellow educators about which tools they love, and don’t be afraid to ask them to give you some pointers on usage.
4. Budgetary concerns. It is well-documented that public schools face ongoing funding issues. As a result, teachers are often forced to pay for supplies and student resources out of their own pockets.
4 proven ways to get teachers to use technology
- Target free edtech resources when planning tech integration for your classroom. Free programs are readily available and fairly easy to find with a little web browsing, but make sure they are approved by your district in terms of safety standards and student data privacy. Three of my favorites are Remind, Real World Math, and Funbrain.
- Combine crafts and DIY activities with tech experiences by making your own virtual reality headset and using it to create cool educational adventures.
Although resources on the internet abound, one of the best things teachers can do to become better practitioners of technology is to look to their colleagues and administration for support. Professional collaboration is an easy way to foster a supportive environment and bond over new ideas and difficulties.
Finding a solution to problems with edtech may seem daunting at first, but with a proper approach and using some of the strategies I’ve shared, any teacher can become an edtech integrator.