Challenges Experienced by Teachers in the Utilization of Information and Communication Technology in the Classroom
The utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) poses an imperative function in the learning environment. This study explored the lived experiences of elementary teachers in utilizing ICT in the classroom. The qualitative approach employing the phenomenological design was used. The research was conducted in all public elementary schools of the five municipal towns in the first congressional district of Zamboanga del Sur. The participants included 20 classroom teachers and subject teachers. In gathering the data and information, a researcher-made semi-structured interview guide was used. There were four central themes identified in the study, namely: lack of training on the skills needed in teaching ICT; poor internet connection; insufficient computer hardware; and pupil difficulty with technological devices. Teachers have experienced challenges in the utilization of ICT in the classroom. It is recommended that teachers and instructors receive ICT upgrading training. Schools embrace and use current technological facilities to enable an effective flow of information among teachers, students, and administrators.