Using Coaches to Overcome Barriers in Technology Integration

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Technology has become part of Americans everyday lives. From the Internet to cell phones we constantly rely on technology throughout the day. Since technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, educators have tried to integrate technology into teaching in order to improve student learning. Research studies have established that students’ use of computers can improve students’ standardized test scores (Hew &Brush, 2006). However, some studies have shown no difference between traditional educational methods and those that incorporate technology. Despite the conflicting results of these studies, educators still integrate technology into their teaching because it is so critical in the workforce and the global economy (Dusik & Yildirim, 2007) (Kotrik & Redmann, 2005). Also the government has enacted the No Child Left Behind Act which has a component mandating that schools implement strategies to integrate technology into instruction and support this with professional development activities (Lowther, Inana, Strahl, & Ross, 2008).

Even though the government and other educational reforms have pushed for educators to incorporate more technology into classroom teaching certain obstacles can interfere with this initiative. Plair (2008) in her research points to experienced teachers who lack fluency using new types of technology. She goes on to say that it is not the lack of teacher workshops that prevent teachers from using technology but the need for a “knowledge broker” to provide teachers support in using educational technology (Plair, 2008). Other research points to other barriers that could influence teachers’ use of technology in the classroom; Hew and Brush (2006) discusses these barriers and di...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that educational research studies have shown that the use of technology can help to improve student learning. lack of resources, teachers’ attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and skills can be barriers against technology use.
  • Explains that the purpose of this research is to discuss the barriers associated with integrating technology into the classroom.
  • Explains mckenzie, j., beyond toolishness: the best ways for teachers to learn and put new.
  • Explains that technology has become an integral part of americans' daily lives, and educators have tried to integrate technology into teaching to improve student learning.
  • Explains that coaches provide superior professional development when and how teachers need it. this research study will affect any educator who wants to use technology in their classroom.
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