Integrate EdTech and Keep Your Teaching Authentic

Should Teachers Use Tech to Teach?

In this blog post from We Are Teachers, there are some great tips about teaching with technology. The main takeaways are to use EdTech tools to enhance student learning, not replace traditional teaching.
Many modern teachers have the goal of engaging students with learning activities that are fun as well as educational.  The struggle is finding the balance between integrating technology to enhance instruction versus letting tech take over. This article does a great job of illustrating that fine line teachers should walk with five key steps:

  1. Pre-Teach
    Finding EdTech tools that are relevant to classroom lessons can be an excellent way to prepare and excite even the most apprehensive of students. Apps, games, and other tech tools are a fun way to break the ice and introduce new topics.
  2. Enrich
    Tech tools make great building blocks that can connect the dots between lessons and concepts for students with a variety of learning styles, and they can replace more traditional, sometimes tedious classroom materials such as worksheets and one-size fits all activities.
  3. Support
    EdTech tools make great facilitators of extra attention and support that struggling students need.
  4. Engage
    Igniting students’ natural curiosity about what they’re learning brings an element of motivation to lessons. Teachers can solidify their instruction by incorporating tools that introduce an element of inquiry to an upcoming unit.
  5. Make it fun
    Attention and retention both increase when students enjoy what they’re learning. What better way to make learning fun than by introducing current tech tools?

Change the landscape of learning in your classroom by integrating technology according to these guidelines, and own your teaching!