The two biggest obstacles of technology integration in schools is a lack of professional development and resistance to change. Both of these obstacles revolve around teachers, yet one is at the district level of professional development, and one is an intrinsic motivator.
According to the NMC Horizon Report: K-12 Edition, there are six significant challenges to technology integration in K-12 Education.
- Ongoing professional development needs to be valued and integrated into the culture of the schools.
- Too often it is education’s own practices that limit broader uptake of new technologies.
- New models of education are bringing unprecedented competition to traditional
models of schooling.
- K-12 must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning.
- The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices.
- We are not using digital media for formative assessment the way we could and should.
When I evaluate the top two significant challenges to technology integration, I come up with one common theme: time. It takes time to learn a new tool, and it takes time to re-evaluate your current way of teaching to integrate technology. With increased class sizes and decreased support, time is what teachers are needing, but time is not what they are getting. In order to fully come up with a solution for this technology integration, districts need to find ways to give teachers more time.
Johnson, L., Adams, S., and Cummins, M. (2012).NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium