“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” John Maxwell
Schools that are not adjusting their teaching practices to incorporate technology are doing their students a tremendous disservice. Much of this comes from the top-down. If administration is not supporting professional development and teachers are not being taught how to teach with technology, much needed 21st century skills are usually not happening in your typical classroom. The longer we wait the farther behind you fall, teachers need to embrace tech, for many a reason. Here is my list of 8 reasons why the implementation of tech in schools is so slow:
- Fear -Learning new technology can be scary for teachers; teaching with it can be downright terrifying especially if proper professional development is lacking.
- Lack of Leadership – When administration is not supportive of implementing technology and lacks the resources to integrate it properly. Teachers are left to their own devices.
- Inconsistent Disbursement – When equipment is given to certain grades or populations and others are left out this causes a riff between teachers and students.
- Personal Experience – Some teachers are comfortable with technology and find it a natural fit for addressing learning goals, others have had experience with tech and teaching
- It’s Optional – Some teachers will only do what is mandated of them. Technology may not be required, or if it is some teachers chose not to implement it.
- Budget Cuts – With recent budget cuts, schools may not have the resources to invest in technology. All schools need to access to technology, this needs be a priority and the playing fields need to be leveled.
- Teaching to the Test – In this day and age our biggest barrier is the demand for students to do well on standardized testing. Teachers get caught up in the drill-and-kill, and test prep runs rampant.
- Old Habits Die Hard – Most teachers teach very much the same way that they were taught, and yes – old habits die hard. Change is uncomfortable for many and much of that is due to FEAR and now we are back to #1.
“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” John Maxwell was asked to explain this profound quote, he said: “Growth is not an automatic process. You and I will not grow automatically. It just doesn’t happen. We don’t grow because we live. We don’t grow because we breathe. We don’t grow because we get a day older. If we’re going to grow, we’re going to grow because we’re intentional about it.”