Advice for the adoption of education technology
Education technology can be incredibly empowering and make life and work much easier for learners and teachers alike. However, its effectiveness depends on how you adopt and implement it. Here are four tips to help you adopt technology into your curriculum successfully.
1. Set goals
Before beginning your technology rollout, sit down with the faculty and set clear objectives.
These goals will become the benchmarks against which you measure the success of the adoption. By being very clear on exactly what you want to achieve, you will be able to implement the adoption more effectively and measure its success more accurately. Start by setting overarching long-term goals and then breaking them down into mini-goals.
2. Create a time-bound plan
Once your goals are set in place, lay out a plan for implementation that takes you toward your overarching goals in the time that best suits you. So, for example, is your plan to incorporate virtual reality tools into your science department? You could start by assigning a VR-ready HP laptop, as well as a Reverb headset, to each educator in that department by a specific date, then have the teachers trained up on the equipment within two days after that, introduce the students to it the following week, etc. The idea is to introduce the technology slowly and then ramp up the usage as everyone becomes more familiar with it.
3. Communicate clearly
Implementing any change requires clear, open communication and this needs to flow in two directions. Always ensure that you have communicated tasks and goals clearly to staff and that they are passing information on to their students. Then, always make sure that channels are open for feedback to flow the other way. Both among the staff and in the student body, there will always be those who are quicker to adopt the technology and those who are more reticent. Open communication channels will help the fast-adopting advocates to assist the less confident and bring them onboard.
4. Foster a collaborative environment
Make it known to everybody that this change is a shared adventure that you’re all on together. Everyone is learning simultaneously and contributing to the improvement of individual and collective results. Enlist the help of the early adopters to champion the new tools and help ease the transition. At the same time, encourage those who are more reluctant to ask questions and engage with the tools in an explorative manner, with no pressure. In this way, the challenges of adoption can be overcome through collective effort.
How does education technology help develop students?
HP Education solutions cover a broad gamut of learning needs. They deepen and accelerate learning in a variety of ways, from providing hands-on, interactive teaching tools, to streamlining the running of classrooms and personalising learning according to the needs of each student. You may not necessarily be looking to incorporate virtual reality, but you might simply be seeking a more powerful, versatile method of managing classrooms, facilitating accelerated learning, or just bringing your institution in line with the digital future. From student devices, such as the ProBook Education Edition range, to teacher’s devices such as the ProBook x360 435 G7, to specialised teaching tools like the cutting edge interactive Sprout Pro, HP Education can provide you with education technology that enhances both teaching and learning. Contact us for more information.