In the recent years, we have seen there has been a lot of changes in the way education is being offered in schools. This was mainly because the government had changed its needs in the form of government standards and also due to the needs of the students as they approach to enter the job market. The main cause of this change is the increased use of technology in schools. Technology has made learning easier by reducing the work the teachers do but making it possible for students to learn more and within the shortest time. However, this also meant that educators have to work harder in order to keep up with this changes in the system. Apart from this, there are still other challenges facing schools that wish to embrace this new interactive education technology. This article is going to address two of these issues.
1. Teachers’ inability to learn how to use new interactive education technology
Regardless of the type of technology being used in schools, there will always be barriers to interactive education technology. What most educators and local government tend to forget is that the rate at which teachers learn how to use this technology is not the same as students. Most teachers feel like they cannot learn how to use these devices. Therefore educators and the local government need to find the best professional development opportunities for teachers so that they can learn fast and be able to fully utilize the new interactive education technology.
2. Accepting Casual Learning
Many teachers are already comfortable with the new interactive education technology and they are willing to leave their children do their own research and learning while they guide, monitor and facilitate the learning. However, there are still a few who do not trust that students can learn on themselves. They still believe in the traditional way of teaching where the child has to be monitored with little individualized discovery. Educators and authorities that govern these technologies need to help teachers learn to trust the new interactive education technology so that there is more facilitation. Once the teachers accept informal learning in class better learning will take place.
The rate of change in schools is directly proportional to the rate at which education is changing. It is good to learn that many teachers are willing to embrace technology. Technology has improved student engagement in class and has even reduced teacher activity and it won’t be long before every institution will adopt the same but only if the above challenges are tackled effectively.