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12 Potential Education Technology Implementation Pitfalls and Ways to Avoid Them. I originally wrote this piece back in 2012 for inclusion in a collaborative effort that celebrated the 5 year anniversary of the popular website and “Ning” at Classroom20.com.

12 Potential Education Technology Implementation Pitfalls and Ways to Avoid Them

Numerous authors published articles that become chapters in a book that was ultimately published in the form of a digital collection on Scribd. I’ve been thinking for years about updating this and republishing it here to share with EmergingEdTech readers. This is a great piece for technology staff and managers alike to review, and it is informed by decades of experience. Also, note that this type of “checklist” can be helpful for quick reviews of smaller scale efforts just as it applies to larger projects.

Not Enough Time: Teachers Struggle With Technology Due to Lack Of Training – Inklings / The news site of Staples High School. There are iPads in the library, SMART Boards in classrooms, and a Staples iPhone app so students can record homework and follow their daily schedules.

Not Enough Time: Teachers Struggle With Technology Due to Lack Of Training – Inklings / The news site of Staples High School

But what happens on any given day can be a different story. Some Staples teachers struggle with technology, in part because they haven’t been trained. “The amount of technology in this building in the last couple of years has exploded,” said James D’Amico, social studies department chair and Co-Chair of the Staples Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Committee. Researching instructional use and the technology acceptation of learning management systems by secondary school teachers. Abstract The aim of this large-scale study was to understand the technology acceptation of learning management systems (LMS) by secondary school teachers and to investigate the instructional use of LMS, distinguishing between informational use and communicational use.

Researching instructional use and the technology acceptation of learning management systems by secondary school teachers

The predictive model further includes: perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, subjective norm, personal innovativeness in the domain of information technology, experience and internal ICT support at school level. Data were collected from 505 Flemish secondary school teachers. After performing satisfactory reliability and validity checks, the study was able to support all relationships among the 9 variables. EJ1084227. 10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff.

We often hear about tech-savvy educators and administrators who have an array of best practices and whose love for technology is evident.

10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff

But as anyone who’s ever been part of a school or district knows, not all teachers and administrators are as comfortable or familiar with technology. In a recent “Question of the Week,” we asked our tech-savvy readers: “How do you get tech-reluctant teachers and administrators to use technology effectively?” Getting Faculty Buy In LMS. Your First Steps in Creating Tech-Savvy Teachers - Chalk Talk. Whether you’re an administrator looking to add more technology to your organization, or a teacher leading the tech charge in your school, helping other teachers get up to speed can be difficult.

Your First Steps in Creating Tech-Savvy Teachers - Chalk Talk

It’s even more difficult during the back to school season, with increased teacher stress levels and young teachers starting their first years of instruction. It is important to remember that technology is a tool, not a subject. The P21 framework (Partnership for 21st Century Learning) indicates “information, media, and technology skills” as only 1 of the 4 areas of 21st-century skills. Encouraging the use of technology by your teachers should be focused both on classroom instruction, and improving their daily workflow.

One of the most significant daily workflow improvements comes from data backed decision making. How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology. In my consulting as well as administrative technology work, I am often asked the same questions by different schools and officials.

How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology

One of the most common is: “How do you get teachers who are hesitant or resistant to use technology?” I am keenly aware that many of my colleagues are not, for various reasons, gung ho about educational technology. And it’s interesting. Quite often, the teachers who are hesitant to adopt new technology are great — in fact, amazing — educators. They are frequently veterans and usually leaders in their academic field and within their institutions. Encouraging Teacher Technology Use.

Technology use in classroom instruction can vary greatly from school to school.

Encouraging Teacher Technology Use

We asked the Education World Tech Team how their schools encourage -- or discourage -- staff technology use. Included: Tips for encouraging staff technology use. Some teachers, experts say, still are reluctant to use technology, mostly because of a lack of time, a lack of resources, or a lack of confidence in their ability to use the available technology. It appears that technology use varies greatly from school to school. Helping Teachers Who Struggle with Technology. The use of technology in almost every aspect of people's lives has greatly increased over the past couple of decades, which is why increasing the use of educational technology in the classroom has become a primary focus in education.

Helping Teachers Who Struggle with Technology

Many schools are starting programs in which every student receives a tablet or laptop to access textbooks and complete their schoolwork or are using whiteboards and multi-touch table PCs to help children learn. Appropriately using more technology in classrooms and other learning environments is good for children, especially since most children are digital natives who have been using technology in some way or another since they were born. The Administrator's Role in Technology Integration. Teachers often come under fire for their failure to fully integrate technology into their classrooms.

The Administrator's Role in Technology Integration

Until recently, however, very little has been said about the role of school administrators in technology integration. This month, the Education World Tech Team discusses how they think principals and other administrators can optimize technology use in their schools. 10 Reasons Today’s Students NEED Technology in the Classroom. Technology is everywhere, entwined in almost every part of our lives.

10 Reasons Today’s Students NEED Technology in the Classroom

It affects how we shop, socialize, connect, play, and most importantly learn. With their great and increasing presence in our lives it only makes sense to have mobile technology in the classroom. Yet there are some schools that are delaying this imminent future of using technology in the classroom as the valuable learning tool it is. Here is a list of ten reasons your school should implement technology in the classroom. 5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology. "I'm not very tech savvy" is the response I usually hear from teachers that struggle with technology. Whether it's attaching a document to an email or creating a PowerPoint, some teachers really have a difficult time navigating the digital world.

As schools around the globe begin to embed the use of technology in their learning environments, these teachers can be left feeling frustrated and marginalized by the new tools they are required to use but do not understand. The school where I teach is currently within its post-BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) implementation age. We started with a small cohort of tech-savvy teachers to pilot a BYOD program with selected classes. Starting small was definitely beneficial, as we were able to troubleshoot issues and best prepare ourselves for the school-wide BYOD rollout. How to Help Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom. Recent reports (from The Chronicle of Higher Education and Walden University [PDF], for example) point to teachers' continuing difficulties integrating technology into classroom learning.

Despite access to technology and despite the fact that novice teachers are entering the classroom with far more advanced technology skills than their counterparts of an earlier age, only 39 percent of teachers report "moderate" or "frequent" use of technology as an instructional tool (Grunwald Associates, 2010). This limited use may have multiple causes: Teachers may be overwhelmed by demands of testing; they may not see the value of instructional technologies in their particular content area; they may work in environments where principals do not understand or encourage technology use; and the types of software most helpful in instruction are not always the types of applications students know how—or want—to use.

Back to the Drawing Board: The 5Js Beyond Skills Training: A Theory of Action.