Transforming classrooms from analog to digital isn’t something that happens overnight. To fully implement an integrated curriculum, educators will have to continually focus on updating their classrooms until they meet their technology goals. This requires teachers taking an active role in fundraising, collaborating, and slowly collecting the necessary elements to make their classrooms digital.
While many school districts have already implemented 1:1 device programs, others still face challenges of tech-wary teachers and administrators, little or no Ed Tech funding, or a general lack of resources. However, these difficulties should not deter educators from consistently working to develop tech-friendly classrooms to benefit their students.
Devices Require Internet Access
It might seem obvious that devices demand reliable access to wireless Internet, but this need is sometimes overlooked. Before doubling down on tablets or laptops for the classroom, talk with the IT staff in your school or district to make sure your classroom has robust Internet access. This will help ensure that when you do use devices in your classroom there will not be an issue loading webpages or applications.
For full classes or entire schools to use the Web at once, it takes up a lot of bandwidth. This is also important if you plan to implement a BYOD (bring your own device) policy independently of the rest of your school. Odds are your classroom might not be equipped for a large amount of wireless devices, and this should be addressed in advance to save valuable classroom time.
Choose Devices That Work For You
Though the definition of a digital classroom is still somewhat vague, many educators place emphasis on tablets and other devices that allow students access to e-books and applications. In general, a 1:1 device program gives every student access to a wide range of online content that can be accessed anywhere. However, video projectors and interactive whiteboards are other possibilities. The main questions are: What technology is going to prove most effective in your classroom? Is it financially practical?
While iPads for every student might not currently be feasible, a more up-to-date video projector might prove to be a vital tool until adequate funds for tablets are raised. The key is for teachers to collaborate and consider what technology will best prepare students for college and a career. As more and more higher education institutions and professional industries rely on tech-savvy students and employees, teachers must adapt to digital classrooms accordingly.