Even with the challenges, most of the teachers are ready to deal with them to make use of digital learning in their classrooms.
FREMONT, CA: Digital learning has taken classrooms by storm today with broad spectrums of applications being included in the form of virtual and blended learning. There are a plethora of tools online that are used to enhance the digital learning experience for students. But are all schools ready to embrace the change remains the perennial question.
Below are a few common challenges that organizations face while including digital learning in their instruction.
School Communities Resist Change: Most educators fear change, and so they stick to their old teaching methods. It is essential that educators are provided with plenty of data, examples, and statistics to show them why new tools and applications should be implemented in the classrooms.
Lack of IT Manpower: As the use of technology increases, the number of people working in the IT department should also increase, because schools cannot rely on one person to handle all the responsibility. So, it becomes crucial for all organizations to invest in IT departments.
Continuous Change in Technology: Since technology is ever-changing, organizations should not make use of the same tools for an extended period and are required to bring in change whenever needed. With new technology coming in schools must have a budget and a plan in place for the upgradation.
Lack of Quality Content: With the existing digital content, it becomes overwhelming for educators to curate high-quality digital learning material independently. Instead, the administration can work along with the school librarian to develop a robust set of content.
Not Replacing Human Interaction: Even with the use of a virtual assistant in teaching, educators must not replace the digital applications entirely and let them take over the instruction. As an alternative, teachers should make use of digital resources as additional and supplementary tools in the classroom.
Cost of the Technology: Technology and digital tools are expensive, so schools and teachers need to be well-prepared to seek contribution and funding from the community.
Accessibility of the Devices: Not all students have access to digital resources at home and to overcome this hurdle, schools should provide pupils with tablets or laptops.
Lack of Training for Educators: Even with the busy schedules, it is essential for teachers to learn the use of various digital tools so that they can successfully implement digital learning environment in their classroom.