tablet-forecastEducational technology implementation is anticipated to grow substantially within the next five years. E-learning tools can improve the quality of instruction and classroom interaction, but without the right preparation, educational technology can hinder students and teachers instead of helping.

Here are the two major issues institutions may face when first introducing technology in the classroom:

  1. Lack of proper planning
    1. Implementing an unfamiliar device in classroom can backfire quickly. The device may not be used to its full potential, and any device issues may be hard to report because of lack of understanding. To prepare for a new device implementation, administrators and instructors will need to work together to plan for complete understanding of the technology and adequate technical support. Before a full-scale implementation, employees who will be using the new technology should be instructed in proper usage and support procedures. Once devices are properly deployed, the success of the new technology will rely on top-notch support. Without a proper support system, teachers and students using the devices will have unanswered questions and concerns, and devices will not be used to their full potential.
  2. Lack of long-term vision
    1. Technology is a long-term investment, and requires professional upkeep to ensure all devices are working to their best potential. Using educational technology, such as tablets, in the classroom means regular repairs to devices, data management and erasure between students, and end-of-life services for devices. In order to have devices functioning to their best ability in the classroom, necessary planning is needed to ensure fluid maintenance, repairs and disposal of devices.  Without proper planning and risk assessment, educational technology can become a burden.

Planning for successful classroom implementation may be stressful for district and university personnel, but one way to alleviate any stress and guarantee success is working with a certified IT asset manager.

HOBI International, Inc. is an R2, RIOS, ISO 14001 certified IT asset management company. HOBI specializes in full-scale IT asset management, including data management, data security, data erasure, device repairs and end-of-life services for devices. HOBI provides the best practices in technology support and other long-term services to ensure devices are used to their best ability.