The majority of school districts across the country have been using technology in the classroom since the 1990’s, but that doesn’t mean they have worked out all of the kinks just yet. In fact, there are still many teachers and students who are struggling to incorporate technology into a classroom setting without it impacting the quality of learning. To give you a better idea of how to deal with these common tech-related issues, here’s a look at a few ways you can go about solving the biggest problems with technology hurdles in terms of education.
Students Use The Internet As A Crutch
The internet sure is a wonderful learning tool if it is used correctly, but it isn’t as easy as it seems. Most students will be quick to hop on the world wide web in order to find out the answer to questions, which subsequently prohibits critical thinking. Although, the easiest way to prevent students from turning to the internet for answers is to eliminate devices from the classroom during quiz and test times.
The Web Keeps Students Distracted
If you are worried about your students browsing the internet and spending time on social media during class but still want them to be able to use the classroom laptops or tablets, you may want to consider installing a filtered browser on the devices. These classroom-approved browers restrict access to websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. However, this is of course not an option if the student is choosing to use his or her own device. If this is the case, you may want to establish that only predesignated gadgets can be used in the classroom. This will allow you more control over how technology is being used by students.
Technology Changes Quickly
Yet another technology hurdle faced by school districts is the ever-changing industry. There are always new devices, new versions of software or new tools available, making it difficult to keep up when working with a minimal budget. To make the integration easy and more affordable, some school districts team up with technology companies who help them make hardware and software budget-friendly.
As you can see, there are still some things that need improving when it comes to technology in the classroom. Use these tips to help you solve those problems in order to ensure your students are getting the very best education possible in today’s tech-centric world.