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Top IT challenges for headteachers in 2022

 

Top IT challenges for headteachers in 2022

 

Technology is a huge part of the 21st century learning experience. When correctly absorbed into the classroom, it can benefit students massively. Tools like iPads or computers can aid students with disabilities, provide tons of additional benefits, which can overall help elevate a student’s education. Although technology in the classroom is an effective learning and teaching technique, incorporating it can sometimes be tricky due to limitations that prevent a smooth installment. Listed below are the top obstacles teachers face with implementing technology.

 

Lack of expertise in technology

With the advancement of technology, teachers need to be able to keep up to date with new information coming out, so they know how to get the best out of their students through a range of different tools. Providing your class with a new tool that neither you or your students can use, will likely make no impact on their education experience. So, the other option is to have the teachers learn the ins and outs of a new tool before presenting it to the class. However requiring already busy teachers to become more busy and teach themselves how to use a new tool can be time-consuming and inconvenient. Professionally training teachers can cost a lot of time and money however is necessary if students are more likely to gain a better learning experience.

 

Budget limitations

With the school budget reducing, the underfunding has a harmful effect on the likelihood of schools meeting their targets in terms of student productivity and overall success in their work. This budget cut has also led schools to be reluctant on buying new and improved technology, due to, you guessed it, the cost.

If anyone in particular is looking for the best smartphone, or the best TV, the price is usually the glaring obvious increase in comparison to a lower quality product. The same goes for schools, if they want technology to get the best out of their students, then they need to be prepared to spend. Some schools may place their budget with priorities, other than technology development, which leads to the underdevelopment of it. A way to accomplish wise spending on technology is to invest in more appropriate, longer lasting products that benefit both the student and teacher. Other than considering the cost, you also need to consider the ease of the use for the teacher, and the impact it can have on a student’s education. We believe our classroom management software, AB Tutor provides excellent value for money.

 

Low quality network infrastructure

In order to get the best out of technology in education, a student must be able to access their own laptop, if not share a laptop with a group. However, this doesn’t benefit the students if there is poor network, as it will be slow. One of the most important things a teacher can do in terms of technology in teaching, is allowing the student to do their own research. With poor quality network, this tool cannot be used. With good quality network infrastructure, it is highly effective for the student and their understanding of a certain topic. Therefore, a lot of thought and care is required for building a strong network infrastructure.

Educating through technology continues to evolve every day, and by getting through these obstacles, it provides a much better learning environment for the student, due to technology’s many benefits.