A recent survey has shows that more that than a third of teachers in British schools do not incorporate technology in their classrooms. Many of these teachers say that the reason they do not integrate technology in their lessons is because they have not received proper training on how to embrace technology and use it effectively. Even in our secondary schools, in which one would think teachers would be most keen on integrating technology in to the school curriculum as they prepare students for advanced study and the workforce, technology use is substandard.
The government has set aside more than £600 million for this year alone to help integrate technology in the classroom. Teachers see technology’s potential; they largely agree that technology in the classroom improves instruction, and if used correctly, can add value.
But government officials, parents and school heads are concerned that teachers’ slow pace of incorporating technology is a waste of the money set aside for this very purpose. To combat that perception, and to use the money wisely, it is important that teachers at all levels embrace technology — not only does it have the capacity to make the process of learning more efficient, but it will also increase students’ enthusiasm toward the subjects that they consider difficult.
Even in schools in which every student is required to have access to a tablet, students too often have no idea what to do with them or how to use them for academic purposes. Without the proper support from teachers, results are weak, and the students who were enthusiastic about using new technology are left disappointed and on pace to lag behind their international peers.
Teachers need the necessary training and support to use technology investments effectively. Teachers not being well-trained in the area of technology means millions of pounds going to waste as technology continues to be integrated into classrooms so slowly that it can become obsolete. Students have shown enthusiasm for tech, and to take advantage of their interest and willingness to engage in academics, we need teachers to hop on board with technology training — and for schools to support them — for the skills to be passed on to children.