Let K-12 IT Support Software Combat Teacher Burnout in Texas

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The whooping crane, the Concho water snake, the ocelot—all these names have something in common. They are on the list of species in Texas at risk for endangerment. While that’s worrisome, there is one other name on the endangered list that has policymakers and citizens worried: teachers.

There are a variety of reasons why Texas—and the country at large—is experiencing this teacher shortage. The pandemic has contributed to a decline in interest, and there’s been a significant rise in tech fatigue for current teachers. An NEA survey reported that more than 50% of educators say they will likely leave teaching earlier than originally planned as a result of the pandemic.

So what can we do to help existing teachers? With fewer teachers in schools, they’re having to handle a heavier workload—leading to burnout.

IT tools might not be the first line of defense when it comes to stemming burnout, but the consequences are clear. With better tools taking care of classroom needs, teachers can save time and focus on instruction. Teachers are drawn to the profession because of the relationships with their students and colleagues—not handling tech issues. Better tech tools will combat teacher fatigue and frustration.

How to tell if your district’s tech stack is supporting classroom teachers or impeding them

Auditing legacy technology for effectiveness should be the first step of this process. Not only does it help with budgetary matters, audits can make a direct impact on teachers and students’ lives within the classroom.

Think about it: if a teacher has a slow computer, that inefficient tech could affect how fast they are able to grade assignments, and that stress from technical problems has been shown to contribute to the nationwide teacher shortage. Teachers and students use technology every day, and they need it to work reliably.

Dr. Joni Poff, a retired Director of IT, spoke with COSN about their experience with assessing and auditing the legacy tools within Botetourt County Public Schools.

“During my time in Botetourt, through an instructional discussion with principals, we realized we had a lack of consistency in the resources we were using, and sometimes a duplication of resources—multiple products that were intended to meet the same need. That led us to conduct an audit of all our resources, including edtech. We developed a product review process that considered cost, implementation, maintenance, and an analysis of whether it could meet intended outcomes.”

There are many ways to go about auditing legacy technology, so take a look at our recommendations on the topic.

Unlock real savings by making the switch.

The puzzle of K-12 IT budgets can be difficult to put together. Districts need to find effective hardware and software tools that still stay within a set budgetary limit. That’s why audits are crucial to the process—they help districts determine what methods are working (or aren’t working, as the case may be) so they can find a clear path forward.

With tools from Incident IQ, a K-12 district with 10,000 students can gain an estimated $1,349,666 in total savings. How do we do that? With help ticketing and asset management tools that streamline K-12 workflows. Incident IQ districts found that they experience as much as an 80% improvement to service access, issue resolution time, and service delivery. (To learn the savings available for your particular district, use our savings calculator to find out.)

Don’t burn through precious budget dollars by using outdated processes and subpar asset management—give us a call. Incident IQ is dedicated to streamlining critical support workflows for K-12 support teams so that Texas K-12 teachers and students can thrive.

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