In the fast-paced world that we are living in today, almost everybody has been affected by the “shiny object syndrome.” This is also true in the field of education as more and more institutions are opting for advanced technology elements inside of the classroom to impart education just because it looks attractive.
Sure, interactive education technology is vastly superior to traditional methods, but a lack of planning and inability to use these devices can have disastrous consequences.
Here are some of the mistakes to avoid when selecting the ideal classroom technology.
1. Not keeping stakeholders up to date with the latest information
Before interactive education technology can be made mainstream, the stakeholders of the education industry have to understand that this will benefit both students and teachers. Stakeholders must have the knowledge of the purpose and role of this technology inside of classrooms and that it can be readily implemented on all platforms.
2. Not counting the opinions of students and teachers
At the end of the day, the use of interactive education technology will be limited to the teachers and their students. So, it is of utmost importance that you gather feedback from a group of students and educators to know about their opinion on the technology if they require training and other important things that would help you make the right decision.
3. Not focusing on the relevance of technology to the curriculum
Since the purpose of interactive education technology is to foster an enriched learning experience, making sure that the technology is actually relevant to what is being taught in the classroom is very crucial. The way how students and teachers interact with the technology and how it operates in the classroom environment are the things you should be looking at.
4. Not putting yourself in the student’s shoes
The ultimate goal of educators would be to enhance the classroom experience and impart successful education to the students. And unless you can think from a student’s perspective, this task becomes tough to accomplish with the use of interactive education technology.
5. Not trying before buying
Just like you would take a car out for a test drive before deciding to buy, consider getting in touch with the company manufacturing interactive education technology devices for a test run. This will help you judge its potential applications and how it fits into the current infrastructure of the institution.
Keeping the tips mentioned above in mind, you should be able to choose that is just right for your educational institution.