The Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning

Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning

Integrating technology into the classroom without barriers.  

The biggest barrier to digital learning for teachers is gaining student access to technology. This is closely followed by a lack of time during the school day. For administrators, the top concern is securing relevant and effective professional development to their staff, followed by limitations and problems with technological infrastructures, such as Wi-Fi and security. Both roles found that the main obstacle to integrating technology into the classroom was lack of time (43 percent) and an insufficient number of devices (40 percent).

These results surfaced in a survey untaken by education technology company, Schoology. Responses came from 2,846 education professionals specifically in K-12, a quarter of whom were users of the company’s online service. Although the response was worldwide, a high volume came from the United States.

Among the other hurdles that came up in the survey were that there was ineffective professional development, lack of access at home, and difficulty in creating lesson plans. This survey highlighted where digital learning’s flaws were and how we can work together to improve them.

Unsurprisingly, almost everyone in the survey said that digital learning had a positive impact on student achievement (95 percent). However, most of the time, the resources they said they use tend to be ‘static,’ such as PDFs, Word documents, and videos. The report then noted that the institutions might be digitalizing traditional learning instead of enhancing it.

The survey also examined instructional approaches that integrate technology. The ones used most by respondents were differentiated instruction (75 percent), blended learning (54 percent), and individualized learning (45 percent).

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