When schools and districts often focus only on the most immediate needs like purchasing the required hardware, vetting the best content, ensuring classrooms have a reliable internet connection when they engage in technology-based learning initiatives. This might result in the failure of edtech initiative at those institutions. Setting an inadequate goal is the prime reason which can easily undermine the initiative.
Educators must set clear, strategic goals as the foundation for their success at the outset of every implementation. To achieve the ultimate goals of improving student achievement and teacher performance and quality, school districts must do the important work of defining success, according to the Center for Children and Technology. This blueprint not only enables educators to understand the anticipated outcomes of an initiative, but also why it is being introduced along with what it will look like in practice, and what is expected of teachers and administrators. This ultimately reinforces that there will be sufficient support to meet those goals. Examples of goals include:
- Restructuring the classroom, reworking on the schedule and management to support sustainable student usage.
- Using technology in adjusted classroom processes (e.g. station rotation/centres) around by midyear to help improve educators’ overall comfort level.
- Development of SMART goals like increasing the number of K–1 students reading at grade level from 40% to 90% by the end of the year.
Keep in mind the importance of setting an adequate goal if you are considering new edtech or are currently in the process of implementing new technology during your decision-making process. Remember the importance of planning, goal setting, and clear communication to ensure your implementation is as successful as possible.