A growing threat for teachers
To effectively address digital burnout, we need to treat the cause not the symptom. So what’s behind the rise of digital burnout in schools?
Unsurprisingly, the coronavirus pandemic had a big role to play. Educators and school leaders embraced a raft of digital changes in a very short period of time. The digital intensity of teachers’ days skyrocketed as they suddenly needed to deliver lessons online and rely on tech tools to communicate with the school community. With the repeated closing and reopening of schools, teachers carried the burden of rapidly upskilling in digital literacy, while worrying about the engagement, motivation, and well-being of their students.
And the impact of all this on teacher wellbeing?
Feelings of overwhelm, fatigue, anxiousness, and burnout have continued to plague teacher wellbeing and damage their motivation, engagement and productivity.
But it’s not only the pandemic that causes digital burnout. Many school leaders are looking to implement new software and devices with the good intention to increase efficiency and facilitate learning. However, the rollout of tech can sometimes be too swift. Teachers receive little or no time to familiarise themselves and get to the level of proficiency required to effectively integrate the technology into their workday – both in and out of the classroom.