The Biggest Technology Challenges Facing Teachers
1. Budget limitations
Budget cuts are the greatest factor limiting teachers’ efforts to provide education technology to students. A recent study even demonstrated that 75.9% of respondents saw budget restrictions as the biggest challenge preventing them from embracing education technology. Such limitations are especially challenging because unfortunately, great education tech tools don’t come cheap. Tools like Adobe can be a powerful tool for education, upgrade resources, and fund training sessions for teachers. However, they all come with a heavy price tag that puts a strain on budgets.
2. Lack Of Professional Training
Increasingly new and advanced education technology appears every day. I have seen classrooms filled with robots/coding resources, but it seems overwhelming when teachers need to not only know how to get the most out of each new tool themselves but also how to train their students to use it. Providing classrooms with a shiny new tool that neither teacher nor student can use is unlikely to leave a positive impact on any child’s educational experience, and requiring busy teachers to teach themselves how to use a new tool can be frustrating and time-consuming at the same time. That is why it is necessary to provide teachers, faculty and staff professional training. Although this may require additional time and money, it’s necessary if students are expected to get the desired effects out of their technological experience.
3. Poor Network Infrastructure
Simply handing a box of laptops or notebooks to a room full of students won’t benefit them, if the school doesn’t have the network infrastructure it needs to support them. A strong network infrastructure requires fast, high-quality WiFi at school and home, data privacy and security, access to digital resources, and much more.
The lack of a strong infrastructure can also be compounded by a lack of reliable devices and software, all of which can present major barriers to adopting education technology.
4. Resistance To Change
With an aging demographic, teachers have demonstrated resistance to change and unwillingness to adopt education technology. However, studies have shown that this resistance is not because teachers dislike technology. Rather, it’s partly because teachers view learning a new teaching tool as a risky approach for which they’re not adequately trained. Although this resistance to change can be difficult to overcome, seeing teachers learn to code can greatly impact their own lives and boost their confidence. Technology Challenges Facing Teachers (ezchildtrack.com)
5. Resources with extended growth opportunities
During our research, we found teachers would like to use a resource that can be extended across all grade levels (7-15 years of age). The challenge is the limitation of resources; students get bored easily and need to show different outcomes. For that reason, Kai’s Education created Kai’s Clan. This little yellow robot may look like an elementary school bot; however, realistically, it’s a all-in-one STEAM toolbox. You will be able to show curriculum outcomes for problem-solving and critical thinking by introducing coding in both Blockly and Python, collaborative project-based learning, augmented and virtual reality, and IoT (sensors).
Furthermore, data analysis is a key component of Maths and Science, making coding an essential skill set across the board. All of these are included in the 70 free lesson plans provided by Kai’s Clan’s extensive library. On top of that, Kai’s Education addresses any professional development roadblocks by offering free training on up to 10 levels of certification.