When implementing technology into the classroom, districts, individual schools, and each teacher has to overcome several obstacles. Educators have to be patient and think outside the box to get technology to work in many cases. Research needs to be done, discussions need to be made, and action needs to take place for technology to not only be available, but used readily with technology help and support available.
One obstacle my school is facing is having too little broadband for the amount of students who use the internet at one particular time. I have set up a program for my struggling students to participate in, both at school and at home, working on skills and looking at concepts in a different way. However, the schools broadband can not handle the amount of students who need the internet at one time. When my students log into notebooks that are provided in my classroom, the internet is so slow it isn’t profitable to work online with the amount of time we have. To help with this obstacle, several teachers are going to the school board, explaining the situation and the importance of having enough broadband for students to work on research and internet programs that help with our student’s education.
A school in Chicago had a similar situation with providing technology to all students, but not all students had enough money to provide internet use at home. To help with this obstacle, the school stayed open for an extra 2 hours after school each day for students to use computers. The school also was open on Saturday mornings for students to come and work on assignments. Students were so proud that they have this opportunity they took advantage of using the internet each evening and 30% of the students came on Saturdays as well.
There is so much interest in using technology in the classroom, however, there are several obstacles that continually get in the way. Teachers need to see these obstacles as a challenge and keep looking for new ways around the issues, showing the importance of critical thinking and problem solving to their students and co-workers, creating a 21-century learning environment for our learners.
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