Not all edtech is equally effective.
Take a moment and think back to your first or second year of teaching. You probably had between 20 and 30 students, all with different needs, skills, and learning styles. You did your best to connect personally with each of them AND give them the curricular support they needed.
But it was hard.
On top of teaching and classroom management, you had data to collect and analyze, lessons to plan, assessments to grade, and meetings and professional development sessions to attend. You worked most nights and weekends, and your loved ones started wondering why you were never available. But you forged ahead, telling yourself it would get easier once you got a little more experience under your belt.
So, has it gotten easier?
If not, maybe it’s time to start thinking about how the right edtech solution can reduce the less fulfilling tasks that are part of every teacher’s job and free up your time to do the vital, meaningful work that teachers love to do: teaching.
And even if things have gotten easier for you along the way (congrats on that!), think how much more you could do, master teacher that you are, with tools that augment your awesome and ever-expanding skills and capabilities.
And administrators, we know you want to do everything in your power to hire, retain, and support amazing teachers. While the percentage of teachers who quit in their first five years is a contested number, we don’t need to tell you that teacher burnout is real. The right educational technologies can assist teachers in doing their best work AND keep them motivated and energized to stay in the classroom!
Digital Solutions For Busy Teachers
Yes, technology is here to stay in our classrooms, so we should use it to make our careers as productive and rewarding as possible. Oh, and it should be fun for students to use too!
Here at Zorbit’s Math Adventure, we were curious about what features and qualities make digital learning resources useful and engaging, so we interviewed hundreds of parents, teachers, and administrators and analyzed their feedback.
Again and again we heard that, at its best, edtech doesn’t attempt to replace teachers or silence students. Rather, it enhances the unique skills and abilities teachers share with their students and motivates students to keep learning and self-direct creatively. Well-designed, research-backed edtech leverages teacher expertise while giving students a chance to self-reflect and understand what they’ve learned and what gaps they still need to address.
Choosing the Right Digital Learning Solution
As edtech becomes more and more pervasive in the classroom, it only makes sense that teachers, students, parents, and administrators are going to start expecting more from these digital solutions. But with so many edtech solutions out there, it can be hard to know which ones genuinely accelerate student learning, protect teachers’ valuable time, and are fun and effective for students and educators alike.
Using the themes from the abovementioned interviews, we formulated some ideas about how to choose a digital learning solution that will truly encourage and enhance learning and be a pleasure to use.
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Enter our webinar! Matt Murphy will talk about how to evaluate digital resources so that your school or district can choose the best learning solution for your students. He’ll talk about why versatility and hands-on experiences are important to prioritize and also how the best digital tools cultivate joy and have the power to encourage a growth mindset.
This 30-minute webinar will be held on December 1, 2021 at 4:00 ET/1:00 PT. If you can’t make it during this time, you can still register and a recording of the webinar will be made available to you.
Hope to see you there!
Matt Murphy is the Director of Marketing, Zorbit's by Carnegie Learning. Matt has a Master's degree in Curriculum Design from the University of New Brunswick and has over five years of experience working in educational technology as an Instructional Designer and Gamification/Game-Based Learning Consultant.Explore more related to this author