Overcoming Barriers in a Digital School Environment
From the introduction of virtual schools like the Florida Virtual School, Utah Electronic High School, and North California Virtual High School by the U.S. Department of Education to the declaration of online Professional Master’s in Human Resource Management (MHRM) program by the Rutgers School of Management, everything points toward the changes in the education sector. Due to this inclusion of technology in the classroom, according to Research and Markets, the global edtech market will witness a growth of 15.4 percent by 2024. But, with advancement and radicalization, several pitfalls come to the forefront which demands proper treatment for further betterment.
A critical study was done at Michigan State University to observe traits of digital distraction, Interestingly, this study unveiled, despite being aware of the presence of the researchers, students spent one-third of their time in nonacademic sites during an introductory course of Psychology. Therefore, digital distraction is a major problem for digital classrooms, and school authorities have to deploy proper measures to restrict students from loitering into other sites. Previously, NetRef provided an innovative solution to empower schools to have real-time vigilance over the use of internet in schools, and this solution also authorized the teachers to list a plethora of sites where students can access.
As per a board of 111 education technology experts assembled by Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the top five hindrances of introducing innovation are the scaling and sustaining innovation, digital equity, the gap between technology and pedagogy, ongoing professional development, and sorting out the effects of technology upon the future of work. The maintenance of digital equity often gets harder due to the inclusion of technology, and to combat this, school authorities need to enable every student to access technology equally. To squeeze the best result through the implementation of technology, the schools have to focus on their agility and strategies to build a digital environment; otherwise, they may get shifted far from the primary purpose. Therefore, the technological advancements have to be integrated with the education sector in a meditated way to ensure the further development of students, but at the same time, the schools have to remain focused on several other factors to lead their plans to the path of success.