With the ever-increasing advancements in technology, it was only a matter of time before technology was embraced with open arms by the world of education. This, of course, has only been boosted by the affects of COVID and the fresh challenges that this brought teachers and students alike. Now though, more and more people are starting to ask exactly what support there is in the digital world.
For many students, the rapid adoption of technology in their studies has sent them into a spin. All the change has made some feel confused about how they should now approach their studies, resulting in increased levels of disengagement and dissatisfaction. The solution to this problem seems obvious to some schools but many are still trying to battle through. The more successful schools have increased their levels of communication with students, informing them of changes to their educational practises and how their new IT solutions operate. They offer training, support and ultimately a level of compassion with pupils who are naturally struggling with the shift. As a result of this ‘care blanket’, pupils are happier and ultimately more engaged with their studies.
However, it is not just pupils that have struggled with the shift. Many teachers are also reporting confusion with the way that they should integrate with the new systems put in place by their school. A common theme is a lack of basic training which results in systems not being utilised to their full potential. To counter this, it is imperative that schools give structured training to all members of staff who will use the new technology, whether it be parent communication, online lessons, or new teaching resources. It is only by doing this that the new systems can be utilised to their full potential and the real change in education can begin.