Simply possessing technological devices is not enough to ensure their successful integration in classrooms. For the initiative to be successful, time, money, staff, and support are required. And support can come in many shapes and sizes:
- Technology Support: Teachers must know they have support if they encounter any difficulties when using the new technology. If teachers do not know how to find the answers to their questions, they may decide learning the new technology is not worth the trouble. All too often, technological initiatives are abandoned for this reason.
- Support for Participation: Incentives must be provided for teachers to participate in learning how to integrate the new technological initiative into their day-to-day functioning. Teachers must buy into the fact that the new initiative will benefit the learning of their students.
- Administrative Support: Administrators must be sure to provide their teachers with the time to explore the new initiative. In addition, administrators must take steps to anticipate any potential problems, and proactively develop solutions.
- Community Support: Communities can help with the implementation of a technology initiative in many ways. They can provide funding to purchase new equipment, and some members can provide training to community members. Ultimately, the support from stakeholders in the community will ensure that this initiative is a successful one.
- External Support: Additional ways administrators can take advantage of their surroundings when implementing a new technological initiative is to partner with universities, software companies, educational researchers, or any other group that may provide relevant assistance.
For more information on resources, please refer to the Center to Implement Technology in Education