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5 Barriers to EdTech Transformation and How to Remove Them

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Talking about digital transformation in school is easy. Actual transformation is the hard part. In this week’s Vartek SlideShare, we talk about natural resistance to change and how to remove barriers to new technology.

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5 Barriers to EdTech Transformation and How to Remove Them

  1. 1. 5 Barriers to EdTech Transformation © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner and How to Remove Them
  2. 2. “Technology will never replace great teachers. But technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational.” —George Curous © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner “Technology alone isn’t going to improve student achievement. The best combination is great teachers working with technology to engage students in the pursuit of the learning they need.” —Arnie Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education
  3. 3. Implementing ever-changing technology is hard. The digital transformation you’ve been dreaming about may not be as easy to embrace for the people who will be implementing it. When teachers, staff, or students resist technology transformation, key projects can face serious barriers. © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner
  4. 4. Barriers to EdTech Transformation 4© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner unnecessary delays reduced cooperation holding on to old systems slow cooperation Ignoring technology
  5. 5. 5© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner Stakeholders cause unnecessary delays. BARRIER 1
  6. 6. Team members worried about change will object and stall: BARRIER 1: Unnecessary delays © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner “It’s not in the budget.” “It will create too much instability.”
  7. 7. Solutions BARRIER 1: Unnecessary delays 7© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner 1. Communicate clearly. Timing for change is never perfect, but technology transformation is a vital part of school strategy. 2. Create a long-term implementation plan. Ensure the new technology is in the budget and show teachers, staff, and students how they fit into and will benefit from the change.
  8. 8. 8© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner Fear and uncertainty reduce cooperation. BARRIER 2
  9. 9. Stakeholders hesitate to help implement change. BARRIER 2: Reduced cooperation © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner Will I be less valuable ? What if I can’t learn the new system? Will they replace me?
  10. 10. Solutions BARRIER 2: Reduced cooperation 1© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner 1. Provide training. Make it clear that you expect team members to accept and become proficient with the new technology. 2. Be authentic. Let people know that the learning curve may be steep so that they understand that the new system will take time to master.
  11. 11. 1© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner People won’t let of old systems. BARRIER 3
  12. 12. “What’s wrong with the system we have?” BARRIER 3: Holding on to old systems © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner Long-time stakeholders might take the change personally. And you may have a hard time answering this question because the system may not be broken; it’s just not as robust and effective as it could be.
  13. 13. Solutions BARRIER 3: Not letting go © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner 1. Don’t compare. Explain the advantages of the new technology without saying (or implying) that the old technology is defective. 2. Remind people of their value. Tell them that they have been critical to the school’s past accomplishments and will be critical to the success of the new system.
  14. 14. 1© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner People cooperate. But slowly. BARRIER 4
  15. 15. Even those who buy in might drag their feet BARRIER 4: Slow cooperation © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner if they already feel overburdened. This can throw the project off schedule, creating complications and adding expense.
  16. 16. Solutions BARRIER 4: Slow cooperation © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner 1. Acknowledge the extra work. But remind people that the “extra” is temporary. 2. Reward timely work. Find meaningful perks for those who keep the project moving successfully. Most people enjoy a challenge that leads to visible results, especially when their work is appreciated.
  17. 17. 1© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner People ignore new technology. BARRIER 5
  18. 18. If teachers, staff, and students don’t see value BARRIER 5: Ignoring new technology © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner in the new tools, they won’t use them. Without enthusiastic participation from stakeholders, new technology won’t have the educational benefit you need it to have.
  19. 19. Solutions BARRIER 5: Ignoring new technology © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner 1. Connect the dots. Help stakeholders understand how the technology supports classroom learning goals. 2. Monitor progress. Set the expectation that the new technology will be an active part of your school’s curriculum, and check in with teachers and students periodically on their comfort levels.
  20. 20. Transformational technology engages students and enhances their achievement; 2© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner improves teacher effectiveness; and positions your school as a center of innovation.
  21. 21. “Effective technology is always about the impact on the student. The driving force is instruction.” SECTION 1: APPLE VALUES © 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner© 2018 Vartek | Education’s IT Partner

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