If you’re trying to put together an educational case to persuade your school to invest in educational technology; we’ve found that it can help to be specific about the benefits to the teaching and learning process. There are, of course, a whole lot of benefits which are subject or course specific but there are wider, more general benefits too. These are five strong points which should help your case:
Manage Active Classrooms More Easily
The traditional teaching method is “teacher talks, students listen.” If you want the children to take an active part in the lesson, you have to break off from that model and it can throw your own focus off course. Ed-tech can make a huge difference here, you can set up polls, quizzes, interactive learning elements, etc. that play out on screen that form part of the natural flow of your lesson and because any results, etc. are quickly collated and fed back to you – you can take any action you need to ensure that a message really gets home.
Develop Better Models And Visual Representations
Drawing stuff on the blackboard/whiteboard has never been optimal. You’re a teacher and not an artist. Plus there’s the downside of static representations – it’s hard to zoom in on a graph that you’ve drawn by hand but easy to do so with the pinch of a screen. Fluid dynamics in an engine, for example, is something you might struggle to get through at all but if you have a working 3d model on a computer screen, you can stick to explaining it rather than trying to draw it. Kids can also get interactive with these models.
Seamless “Beyond The Classroom” Learning
One of the nice things about an electronic element to a class is how easy it is to extend the boundaries of learning. You might not be there when they do their homework but it’s impossible to say “I didn’t know what the homework was” or “I thought it was due Friday” when reminders are delivered onscreen. It also means you can plug in more supporting material than ever before and even provide limited tutorial support out of classroom hours.
Practice Can Make Pupils Perfect
Sometimes, you really need more time to give your kids a chance to practice a new skill in the classroom. But you don’t have it because of the demands of the syllabus. Ed-tech means you can have simulations and active online practice available to everyone, all the time. Nobody needs to be left behind when it comes to a certain lesson; they can engage with the subject matter at any time that they choose.
Focus On Teaching More And Admin Less
When you move quizzes and homework on to the computer; you reduce the amount of admin that you need to do. Multiple choice questions can be graded automatically. Self-assessment or group-assessment is easy to implement. Teams can be easily facilitated without your input. All of this means you can get back to doing more of what you signed up for – teaching.
Ed-tech can be a real boost to the way that you run your classrooms. Make sure you get all the benefits in your educational or business case when you push for the budget to bring it into your school. If you already have access to ed-tech, it can be a good idea to review the benefits and making sure you’re getting all of them.