EdTech in the Classroom: A Primer
Technology has become a “must have” in our society. Teachers worldwide use edtech in the classroom every day. With technology being such a core focus, it’s constant growth in the educational sector is no surprise. BusinessWire estimates that EdTech has a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.3%. They also predict that its revenue will rise to over 40 billion dollars by 2022. In this article, we will talk about the current state of edtech in various areas.
Investing in educational technology worldwide
The use of technology in the classroom continues to advance and grow. That’s why investors worldwide want in on a piece of the pie. In an article for Forbes, Robyn Shulman states that EdTech investments reached $9.52 billion in 2017. For international funding, that is a record-breaking amount.
Investment funding also covers sections of educational technology beyond the PreK-12 classroom. There are also investments being made in higher education. According to Dian Schaffhauser of The, in 2017 only 13% of EdTech investments cover the PreK-12 sector. While only 7% invested in companies with a focus on higher education.
Children are our future. So, why is there such a low investment percentage for the PreK-12 sector? One explanation may be the complexity of getting schools and teachers on board. In an article for Forbes, explains that impressing schools and teachers is tricky.
Funding for educational technology in the classroom
Aside from timing, another critical piece of funding educational technology is location. The Education Trust reports that schools in high poverty areas receive 13% less funding than schools in more affluent ones. This results in a sticky situation for areas already plagued with many other struggles.
Understanding technology has become a leading factor in achieving employment. It is also a tool most of us use daily. In communities below the poverty line, technology isn’t always available for teachers or children. Because of this, it is imperative that schools introduce technology in the classroom. Without proper funding, schools will face a difficult time getting what they need in order to make this a reality.
Teachers and teaching edtech in the classroom
Another problem teachers face is understanding the new technology in their classrooms. In 2015, the International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering, and Education (IJCRSEE) published a study by Dr. Lazar Stošić. One problem noted in the study is that keeping feel that keeping up with and understanding how new technology works is hard.
Budget rules make it difficult for schools to train teachers on using new technology. Teachers need to know how to use and teach students about the technology that they employ in the classroom. For this to happen, they need to understand it themselves.
Is technology in the classroom benefiting the students?
Available technology makes it easier for students to collaborate on assignments together. It’s also a way for teachers to have an easy way to share assignments and communicate with parents.
Society shines a spotlight on technology that makes life easier. Easier may seem better. But, is it better when it comes to teaching children? It’s well-known that taking the easy way out isn’t always the best way out. Another well-known fact is that technology isn’t fool-proof and it breaks.
Educational technology has benefits when used correctly
Adding technology to a classroom can help students perform better. Although it has its perks, there are a few beneficial things it cannot replace. EdTech can’t replace the guidance, and support students need from teachers.
Technology can’t replace the personal touch of a teacher, but it can help prepare students for the future. With proper introduction, personal guidance from teachers, and education, the benefits are there. Balance is important when using technology.