According to a recent survey, 37% of learners felt that teachers lack confidence in digital skills and therefore create a barrier to using technology in classrooms.
If this describes you, don’t worry you’re not alone. Across the country, many teachers are struggling to handle queries about technology from pupils. They are finding it difficult to use the new technologies that are being introduced to learning. Many teachers are simply not comfortable with it in their classrooms.
There is pressure on teachers to become digital experts. As technology advances in the workplace, parents, school leaders and ministers are all expecting schools to keep pace. Although, it is not always possible. Curriculums take time to create, knowledge from the syllabus creators needs to be there. Funding is also crucial to help improve the use of technology in a classroom.
The good news is that there are things you can do as a teacher to improve your knowledge and familiarity with new technologies.
Free resources to improve your digital skills
There is a wide range of free resources where you can improve your knowledge. Sign up to Udemy where you’ll find a library of courses including, game development, website building and Windows 101. Here you can also pay for courses if you want to learn about topics in more depth but with a course library into the thousands, you may never need pay.
If you’re looking to develop your web development skills, Code Academy takes learners from the beginning and basics of HTML right through to the end, incorporating CSS as you progress.
To improve your knowledge further, Google offers free courses on their suite of programmes, including AdWords, Analytics, Gmail, Google Cloud and much more.
Join a community
EdTech is a hot topic now, join an online community where you can view advice from others in the field. You can read about other teachers’ experiences, ask questions and review case studies of how they have implemented digital solutions in their classrooms. You can also follow these topics on social media, engaging with others on mediums such as Twitter.
Attend events and shows
Your time is precious, that’s for sure, but there are so many events and trade shows to attend about EdTech. By familiarising yourself with new technologies you can bring what you’ve learned into the classroom but also anticipate the future technologies you’ll likely be working with.
Work with someone who is familiar with technology
We all know a teacher who is a whizz with technology. Why not spend a couple of lunchtimes picking their brain? Ask them how they know what they know and in what instances they’ve successfully implemented technology into their teaching.
Start small and introduce little bits and as your knowledge increases you can add more strings to your bow.
Read EdTech blogs and news
Fortunately, there is a lot of information about EdTech. Many blogs exist where you can read about EdTech initiatives, new technologies and even download lesson plans around the use of technology.
Aim to read at least one blog per week. You’ll have a solid understanding of the EdTech space in no time.