"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 the 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 rift 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, these 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."