It isn’t all about the technology.
In a new report released by Schoology, researchers made three key findings that have significant implications for digital learning. In a report released by the EdTech company that looked at the 2018-2019 digital state of learning (based off responses from 9,279 teachers and administrators), researchers identified three major findings that schools and districts should consider when it comes to integrating technology and focusing on digital learning.
These points included the following:
1) It’s Not Just About the Teacher.
The study found that infrastructure, budget, and access at home play a significant role in digital learning problems – and these issues are not something that teachers can fix alone.
2) Schools Need to Plan Before Integrating Technology.
While teachers are excited by the potential and utility of digital learning, they also recognize the challenges of juggling multiple tools without a strategic approach. Per this new report, administrators also recognize that teachers need the proper training with these tools.
3) Professional Development is in Need of an Upgrade.
Schoology’s study found that a little over 60% of the PD that teachers receive is still in-person and periodic. Schoology also reported that most districts – according to those individuals surveyed – don’t use their learning management system as a mechanism to conduct PD; less than 20% take a blended or online approach to professional development. Further, administrators seem to recognize that lack of collaboration among staff remains a major concern.