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Instructional Design and Technology in Education

Technology in the Classroom. What’s stopping us?

Take a look at this interesting infographic from, a website that helps teachers find and share the digital learning products that are available, and is referenced in a blog post titled, Ed Tech isn’t optional, its essential. The data used in this graphic is coming from the K-12 population. It continues to concern me that these K-12 teachers are preparing the students that will be our future higher education students. If K-12 teachers are integrating technology into the classroom, then collegiate faculty and Instructors have got to make sure they are keeping up! If the local or regional campus does not incorporate some means of technology into their classes or take advantage of the benefits of using mobile technology, then students will opted into online options that are available worldwide. Here’s a list of some 50 entities who are already offering open courseware.

Most teachers agree that it is essential to use some kind of technology in the classroom and that it increases student engagement at some level, yet not even a quarter of the teachers use it for engagement or collaboration, and when they do incorporate technology, it is for getting information or using it as a reference tool (“just google it”).

It comes down to money, access and time. It always seems to come down to these three key factors, doesn’t it? Lack of funds; infrastructure in the classroom, school, or community; lack of training for how to use and implement technology in the classroom; and lack of time on the teachers part to put into practice.

What I thought was most interesting in this graphic is the last section — the perspective from the teacher’s side and the administrator’s side. Although the numbers in this graphic are not dramatically different from each of the view points, it is good reminder that we do deal with a difference in priorities. What would be even more interesting to me, would be to add in the technician’s and system administrator’s priorities (OIT). Would the perspective be similar?

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Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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