While thinking about my topic for this week, I started to really think about the issues of bringing technology in the classroom. I found that they are several issues hindering the “advancement” of the classroom, but I’m not sure if there is an issue larger than the other. Some of the things that I have heard that are issues for bringing technology in the classroom include budget, supervision of devices, lack of personal devices, lack of support, and lack of knowledge. While budget is usually the main issues, I want to share my thoughts about the remaining issues.
Everyone can think of at least 5 free apps that would be useful in the classroom. There’s no doubt that while they are some really great low-priced apps, some free ones are great as well. So what’s the problem? While these apps are free, that doesn’t mean every student has the appropriate device required. For example, even in my college courses, not everyone has an iPad or a smartphone (hard to believe, I know). If it’s like that with adults, it’s definitely like that for younger students. It could very well be that the parents have multiple children.
Let’s say that every student did have the appropriate device. The question becomes how would the teacher be able to supervise every student. Since the school wouldn’t be able to control what’s already on their devices, students could be doing anything with them during times when they should be working. They may have the capability to block certain sites but that doesn’t mean students can’t be sending messages, playing games, etc. when they should be doing work.
Other issues involve the lack of support and lack of knowledge from colleagues. Sometimes these two issues can be wrapped up in each other. Many people don’t want to change because they don’t know how while others are just set in their ways. I have heard many times that teachers can’t have any devices or apps used because their fellow teachers don’t want to or don’t have time to learn something new. It’s also been said that while they have the support from their cohort, the administration denies them. Alot of them have said the reason for that is because they have an “old school” idea of how the classroom should be structured.
I guess to answer my question, it depends on where the question is asked. Do you answer the question when budget isn’t an issue, but lack of support is? What about when you have all the support in the world, but can’t control what your students do on their devices? I know I listed a few issues. Are there any issues that you can think of? Do you feel that any issue is larger than the other?