Why Schools Struggle to Produce Work-Ready Graduates for Tech Fields

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Jenielyn Padernal tells

On this episode of the EdTech Podcast, host Tyler Kern sat down with Jenielyn Padernal, director of e-learning integration at Cypher Learning to discuss the challenges some educational institutions are facing when producing work-ready graduates for tech fields.

San Francisco-based Cypher Learning provides e-learning platforms for schools, entrepreneurs, and businesses, including Neo, its award-winning learning management system for schools.

While learning management systems have gained some traction in primary schools, there still exists a large gap in preparing high school and university graduates to immediately step into the workforce.

“Some or most schools and even universities are still struggling to find the perfect fit between technology and the teaching strategy,” Padernal said.

One reason is the knowledge gap with teachers who are digital immigrants — those who are relatively new to employing e-learning in the classrooms — to teach technology to digital natives, explained Padernal, a longtime teacher herself.

“I teach teachers how to use technology in the classroom,” she said. “But the challenge is getting digital migrants, teachers who have been there a long time without the presence of technology, to use technology in teaching is a struggle.”

Padernal said e-learning solutions can help makeup the gap in readiness for the job market.

“Learning should no longer be confined to the four walls of the classroom, but learning can happen anywhere, anytime,” she said.

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