New technologies are undeniably present in our daily lives, and can represent a real help for many of our everyday tasks. However, this is not always obvious in the field of education. What are the 4 biggest barriers that education faces in adopting new technologies?
The cost: One of the biggest obstacles is the cost. State-of-the-art technology often requires significant investment, and as some technologies become obsolete in a few years, it is not surprising that low-budget schools are cautious about such investments. However, investing in automatic lecture capture systems, for example, can ultimately prove profitable in the long run. Equipped with advanced tools, students will be attracted by these institutions, their chances of success will increase, and the university will be able to accommodate more students at lower cost (remote student, disabled …)
Lack of Training: Schools need to invest time and money in educational technology initiatives to achieve results. Even if teachers have access to learning technologies, sometimes they do not receive the necessary training to exploit these technologies. Technical training is particularly important for teachers because many of them are not “digital natives”.
Resistance to the adoption of new technologies: The third problem is the lack of training and technical knowledge, many teachers and administrators refuse to adopt new technologies in the classroom. It is understandable that time-sensitive teachers are afraid of adopting new classroom tools, especially if they lack support at the school level.
Insufficient internet access: The biggest problem is the lack of Internet access. According to the Sprint Business survey, over 16% of teachers report that their school district does not provide regular Internet access for students. This is a major impediment to the adoption of these new technologies.
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In conclusion, there are some barriers that remain in the adoption of new technologies within schools. However, the evolution of learning methods and needs will undoubtedly exceed them by an easier access to adapted digital tools. Discover UbiCast solutions to support you in the digitization of education.