Due to the increase in technological advancements in our lives and classrooms, it’s easy to be alarmed at the EdTech opportunities aimed at enhancing teaching. Some benefits of these Edtech tools like decreasing time spent on assessments, the ability to personalize instruction and improving student learning process cannot be overlooked.
Here are some ways teachers can use EdTech in their classrooms by taking advantage of the innovations to fit different teaching approaches.
- Brainstorming and Collaborating
One significant aspect of the classroom setting is the collective intelligence which involves students working and thinking together. EdTech helps expedite this through digital resources. These enable students and teachers to collect relevant information for school projects and lessons.
Lumos EdSearch (https://www.lumoslearning.com/llwp/edsearch.html?q=) is one such open directory of resources through which students and educators can access an array of educational resources.
- Student Engagement and Management
EdTech offers several ways through which teachers can engage students and also manage the classroom in a more efficient way. To keep students interested in practice even after class hours, teachers can get students to use apps like the Lumos StepUp (https://www.lumoslearning.com/llwp/schools/test-practice-and-intervention-tool-for-teachers.html). These standards-aligned apps help students identify various learning difficulties and get the necessary practice.
- Communication between Parents, Teachers, and Students
Depending on any school’s policies on communicating with parents and students, educators can continue the interaction outside of school. With the increasing use of social media apps and screen-time in the case of both parents and students, teachers can take advantage available apps to share important school memos, due dates for student assignments, upcoming class projects, final exams, reminders and any other relevant announcements.
Lumos SchoolUp is one such app that lets teachers easily communicate with parents to share information about school activities and students’ progress in academic work.
Based on: http://gettingsmart.com/2016/10/top-5-ways-teachers-can-incorporate-edtech-into-the-classroom/