The two great ballasts to incorporate ICT in teaching

Technology has had an impact on almost all aspects of life, including education. With the advent of the pandemic, the educational digitization it accelerated and it was shown that the use of ICT could be a powerful educational tool.

Faced with this change, it is necessary for schools to adapt the training provided to the new needs and demands of the citizens of the 21st century, renewing and deepening their teaching strategies and promoting training in these aspects, with the ultimate goal of improve learning in the classroom.

The role of teachers in the Digital Age it is very important, because if the way of learning changes, the way of teaching must change. These must be trained in sufficient digital skills and improve their training.

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The Fad Youth Foundation y BBVA have presented the research 'Opportunities and challenges of digital education from the perspective of educational centers', in which the current situation of the digital transformation process of educational centers is analyzed.

Educational centers see little need for change and are committed to face-to-face

Almost half of the management teams of educational centers "disagree" on the need to move towards digital transformation, and even 12% take a contrary position, although the majority do admit its benefits.

During the presentation of the report, the technical director of FAD Juventud, Eulalia Alemany, stressed that a "good proportion" of those surveyed expressed little agreement on the need for change, that is, "there does not seem to be a clear idea of ​​what strategy to follow" towards a path that the pandemic accelerated.

Preferences for the future of education |FAD and BBVA Foundation

Among the reasons behind this position are the lack of training, time, motivation and digital culture, explained Alemany.

Regarding the future of education, those responsible for the centers continue to bet on face-to-face training (almost 32%), although the majority supports the use of both formationsgiving a place, albeit less, to online (54.5%).

Lack of training for teachers and families

The lack of time for teachers and the ICT coordinator, the low digital competence of families and the poor preparation of teachers are the problems that most hinder the incorporation of ICT in teaching-learning.

Despite the fact that 43.6% of the centers consulted state that they have established a Center Digitization Plan (PDC), one of the reasons why the incorporation of ICT in teaching is slowing down is the lack of teacher timewhich causes them to have insufficient digital skills.

Almost 71% of the centers consider that this factor makes it difficult to incorporate ICTs into teaching, although it is true that 50.9% consider that the teaching staff has improved its digital skills after the pandemic.

Factors that most affect the center for the integration of ICT in teaching and learning / Fundación FAD and BBVA
Factors that most affect the center for the integration of ICT in teaching and learning |FAD and BBVA Foundation

And perhaps it can be hypothesized, states the document, that a good number of professionals present certain resistors to fully incorporate ICT in the teaching space.

Added to this is the low digital competence of families, which 61.8% of the centers point out as a problem.

Most of the centers are still in the development phase.

Despite all the difficulties reflected in the report, the vision of the degree of progress of the digital transformation process by those responsible for educational centers is optimistic: almost 65% believe they are fully digitally adaptedan opinion conditioned by the progress made since COVID.

On the other hand, almost a third express a slightly less enthusiastic position regarding this adaptation and 5% of the centers state that this transformation has not occurred at all.

Arrangement of a Center Digitization Plan (PDC) / FAD Foundation and BBVA
Arrangement of a Center Digitization Plan (PDC) |FAD and BBVA Foundation

According to the report, carried out within the framework of Connected Education, almost 44% of the centers have a digital plan; 43% are preparing it, 11% lack it and only 22% have had it for more than five years.

These data show that "we are in a elaboration phase and that the majority lacks the landing. There is a lot of room to apply the plans", which consist of the guidelines and planning of the actions necessary for the aforementioned transformation, added Alemany.