If you’re facing low adoption rates of technology in the classroom, have you got to the root cause of the problem?
Teachers will be acutely aware of why technology in education is important. Amongst others, there are a few key reasons: it will help the students prepare for their future careers, it’s an effective way of teaching all learning styles and it encourages collaboration between instructors and their classmates.
It may not be that teachers don’t want to use technology, it may well be that they don’t know how.
A 2019 study by the National Literacy Trust found that nearly 25% of teachers had received no training in the use of technology (for literacy in this context).
Teachers who aren’t comfortable using technology won’t want to run the risk of lowering their educational standards by delivering sub-standard lessons. Showing them how to integrate technology into their teaching practices can help get them excited and build confidence. We’ve put together some ideas to help improve technology adoption in your school:
- Group Training Sessions: Provide half-termly education technology training sessions covering different apps and topics. Invite input from attendees for what they’d like to learn at the next one. These could be hosted by IT, or an external trainer brought in if budget allows.
- One-to-One Training Sessions: As with students, teachers will learn via a whole host of different methods. Some will struggle with group sessions, so offering one-to-one sessions can help certain individuals.
- Tech Tuesdays (Or Any Day!): The format of this can be fairly fluid, it could be a weekly staff email, intranet announcement, or drop in event. Regular notifications will ensure tech stays at the front of mind for all teachers.
- Peer-to-Peer Training: There will always be teachers who take the tech and run with it. One of the best ways to learn is to see how someone else in the field has implemented it. Invite some of your most tech-savvy teachers to run demos to small groups about how they’ve used technology to best effect within their subject area.
- Student-Teacher Training: Teach your teachers while giving back to your students. Set up a formalised rotating system where a select group of students act as go-to tech advisors for teachers. Students will gain practical work experience, leadership and communication skills. Your teachers will have a resource to turn to, to improve their use of technology in education.
We all know how quickly technology changes, so providing ongoing training is vital to ensuring your teachers don’t get left behind. However you decide to implement this, keep track of what you’ve been doing. Also follow up on progress to see what’s working and where support could be improved.
At M-Tech, we believe in nurturing learning environments which fully exploit your investment in technology. Talk to us today if you’re looking for an external training provider to support your internal initiatives. We can either provide the training you need, or put you in contact with someone who can.