There is no doubt that technology has fundamentally improved our lives in every way and that it will continue to do so as it evolves and continues to generate changes every day. Technology, when applied in schools and other educational institutes has produced great impact as well, mostly positive but this doesn't mean they come without a few struggles. There are some issues being raised when it comes to technology applied in education. Here is an overview of some of the top issues education institutes face when integrating technology.
Issue # 1: Cost of implementing technology
Many schools and education institutes operate on thin budgets, and integrating new technology is often put on the back burner because of the perceived high cost of the new systems. It is true that constantly integrating new technology can be a costly endeavour, especially if you upgrade systems on a regular basis.
Here at Mirus, we agree that the costs of many tech systems do carry a certain level of shock value, however we see technology in education to be a worthwhile investment that not only helps makes teaching easier, but increases the overall effectiveness of learning, while fostering a modern learning environment. In short, we believe schools should be investing in technology.
It can be hard however to tell what to invest in, especially when you start looking at all the options and the associated costs. That's why we are here to help. Our IT professionals and procurement team are experts in integrating technology in education institutes and work with schools to determine their needs so we can recommend and implement solutions to meet any budget.
Issue # 2: The continuing expenses of technology
Integrating technology isn't the only cost to consider, you also need to ensure that existing systems like software are kept up to date, and also take into account fixing computers and such like. This includes renewing licenses and even paying for new systems or updates.
Mirus offers a wide variety of solutions that can help schools not only ensure that their systems are working, but expenses are kept at a level that is consistent with your budget. Working with a partner like ourselves that has strong connections and plenty of experience working with businesses in the educational sector means we know all the best ways to get you value for money, such as free Microsoft licences for your school.
We can also offer you many cloud based products such as VMWare and Office 365 as well as hybrid cloud solutions which give you the best bits of both a server based and cloud based infrastructure. By utilising our managed service, we help to install, manage, and maintain all the systems in your classrooms in a cost effective manner, and because many of our solutions are offered via a monthly per-user subscription, school administrators can better control their expenses.
Issue # 3: Students’ motivation
Another critical issue is the level of engagement and motivation of the students once technology is introduced to their curriculum. If student engagement and motivation is assured, then technology can strongly lessen the burden of teaching. This may be more applicable, though, for older children and adult education, where students are assumed to be more responsible, and more focused.
Younger children, on the other hand, are naturally curious, which means they require consistent guidance and encouragement when it comes to their studies. Kind and personal supervision from teachers is needed, with face-to-face interaction, instead of facing computers for majority of the class hours per day.
We find that in order to effectively integrate technology into the classroom, a good balance needs to be struck. One of the most effective solutions we've seen is where technology aids are being used to support learning. For example a SMART board in the classroom allows teachers and students to interact with learning materials in a way that has never been possible before. Teachers can run interactive presentations that allow students to learn through engagement rather than simply listening to a teacher.
We have seen time and time again that introducing the right technological tools into your classroom can help improve your student’s motivation to learn.
Issue # 4: Technology is often seen to be a magic fix
Last but not the least, the key argument here is that there is actually no shortcut to good quality education. Technology should be viewed as a major contributor to the solution to creative more efficient and compelling education. It cannot magically solve educational problems.
As much as we would like for there to be one, there is no quick fix when it comes to education. What works for one school will not necessarily work for another, so administrators need to ensure that they are working to find a solution that works for them. Again, our experts here at Mirus can work with you to define your needs and budget, and then implement a solution based on these.
All in all, the use of technology in education must be a well-thought and well-researched decision. There will definitely be pros and cons. However, we know that with the right IT partnership the benefits will outweigh any worries you may have, and your invested cost, time, and effort will all be worth it.
If you are looking to implement a new system in your school, contact us today to see how we can help guide you through the process.