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Are K-12 teachers struggling to keep up with edtech?

Technology is changing the landscape of industries everywhere. From retail and agriculture to design and healthcare, societies are adapting fast to the changing times.

K-12 education is no exception. Technology has paved the way for new opportunities to improve this crucial period of student growth. Curriculums have been readjusted to cater to students' specific needs. For instance, instead of boxing them into a standard mold, we're swapping chalkboards for electronic screens and using programs for personalized learning.

It's encouraging to note that these efforts have been paying off. Edtech Magazine has found that K-12 students are more prepared for college and graduation in schools that have implemented personalized learning. Even a previous post here on K-20 Blog has underlined the numerous benefits of edtech's connected learning, such as an increase in global mindedness and communication skills. But beyond convenience and providing a portal for communication, edtech has become a platform that opens up a network for teacher collaboration.

However, despite these advances in educational technology and the students it serves, research shows that many educators still have trouble adapting to newer systems. Why is it that these teachers, supposedly at the front lines of learning, are also the ones struggling to keep up with the pace? Behind the seemingly productive numbers for edtech is a permeating struggle that must be addressed.

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Only by furthering their own expertise and working on their growth can teachers effectively lead their students and the schools they serve into the future. The only way forward is for edtech advocates, administrators, and teachers themselves to work together and train the educators of today for the schools of tomorrow. It might take a village to raise a child, but this won't work if the village isn't well equipped with the tools — and the technical know-how to use them — to begin with.

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