Empowering Teachers with Technology

Overview

The Technology is the study and transformation of scientific knowledge, techniques, tools, and machines for practical purposes or applications, whether in industry or in our everyday lives. It allows us  to evolve the physical elements that are present in our lives.

Why technology is important in our daily life?

Technology essentially utilize the tools, technologies and strategies that plays an important part in the majority of our lives to help us solve problems and simply make our lives better and easier to live. Technology is inevitable in our everyday lives because life without technology is pointless in today’s dynamic world. We live in times of rapid technological change, the positive impact of technology helped us to succeed in  new heights that have never before been conceived of. 

Technology

New sorts of technology – Internet, personal digital assistants and mobile phones, require further understandings and capabilities to comprehend the new ways of using educationally . New technology has the capacity to shape and reform the society by guiding how it makes one job easy. Strongly associated with the increase of digital technologies, society has had to change to keep pace with technological developments.

How important is technology in education?

From last year, The COVID-19 pandemic is quickly demonstrating why online education have to be an essential part of teaching and learning. By consolidating technology into existing curricula, teachers can harness online learning as a powerful educational tool. The technology can definitely assist education professionals in the tracking of individual development and innovative lesson planning. Education is becoming more flexible and accessible because more powerful digital technology guides how everyone from student to superintendent could operate within the school environment.

We have seen a  how online degrees and mobile learning is growing gradually, physical barriers have been eliminated, and lots of executives have embraced technology to compliment the further education of their teachers. Teachers uses wide range of tools to enhance the classroom experience and motivate the engagement of students.The effective use of digital learning equipments in classrooms can expand student engagement, assist teachers improve their lesson plans, and facilitate personalized learning. It also helps students build essential 21st-century skills. Virtual classrooms, video, augmented reality (AR), robots, and other technology tools can make class more lively and create more inclusive learning environments that foster collaboration and inquisitiveness and enable teachers to accumulate data on student overall performance.

Benefits of Technology in Education

All teachers aim to improve student performance, and technology can help them accomplish their intention. Technology provides students with accessible information, advanced learning, and fun opportunities to execute what they learn. Through the utilization of technology inside and outside the classroom, students can gain 21st-century technical skills necessary for future career opportunities.

Expanded Collaboration and Communication

Educational technology can promote collaboration. Not only can teachers engage with students during lessons, but students can make prior discussions. At the same time, technology empowers one-to-one interaction with teachers. Students can ask classroom-related questions and seek additional help on incomprehensible content. Students can upload their assignments and assessments from anywhere, and teachers can access and view completed assignments using their laptops or mobile device.

Personalized Learning Opportunities

Technology allows 24/7 access to educational resources. Classes can take place completely online through a laptop or mobile device. Hybrid learning combines the use of technology from anywhere with actual classroom sessions. Teachers can generate lessons and teaching strategies based on student interests and strengths. When students want to analyze class materials, they can view videos in the lesson plan to get a better understanding of essential concepts. The information generated through these online activities allows teachers to evaluate student’s difficulties with certain subjects and offer additional assistance and support.

Curiosity Driven by Engaging Content

Through the engaging and academic content, teachers can spark inquisitiveness in children and increase their curiosity in learning and make them succeed in academics. Curiosity enables students to get a better understanding of math and analyzing concepts. Developing engaging content can involve the use of AR, videos, or podcasts. Students when submitting assignments, can include videos or interact with them from around the world.

Enhanced Teacher Productivity and Efficiency

Teachers can leverage technology to reach new levels of productivity, implement necessary digital tools to improve learning opportunities for students and expand student support and engagement. It also enables teachers to enhance their teaching methodologies and personalize learning. Schools can benefit from technology by reducing the costs of resources and study materials, improving educational program efficiency, and making the best use of teacher time.

How does technology help in empowering teacher?

Education is fundamental to establish an equitable society. To be flexible in the future we must provide our teachers with the necessary approaches and training to be delivered in the face of changing technological and pedagogical environments. While technology is not a universal solution, we see excellent opportunities to utilize digital technologies to make teachers, trainers, and school administrators more effective. By empowering teachers, rather than replacing them, technology could be the key to address India’s educational challenges. The National Education Policy 2020 place the right aspiration for our education ecosystem. 

Going through the shreds of evidence from around the world indicates that eventually, the role of teachers becomes more central, and not peripheral, as the result of the effective use of education technology. Technology will replace traditional teaching methodologies that teachers currently do, simultaneously supporting teachers as they take on new advanced duties and responsibilities as a result of changing technology.A set of disruptive technologies—the mobile Internet, the cloud, and automation of knowledge work—can help reshape India’s education and training systems.

"Technology will not replace great teachers but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational."

George Couros

How Creative helps empowering teachers

CIT offers Digital Professional Development course designed for School Teachers to engage with Apple iPad in education. An introduction to the 21st century learning environment is done by the facilitator. We provides the scope of the training engagement with the expected milestones and the time line of the course. 

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Empowered Teachers

Teachers can be designer of learning, a guide for the learning team, a collaborator with an outside expert counselor, a peer guide to parents, and a team leader on a project-based learning activity, among other roles. Where teachers lack content or pedagogical knowledge, technology can support the use of organized lesson plans to help build this capacity. The use of technology by teachers can empower them to strengthen a range of resources to provide more focused, and more personalized learning to students.

Empowering teachers with technology

Technology has a skill to reinforce relationships between teachers and students

Technology should enhance teacher engagement with students through improved access to content, data, and networks, helping teachers to support student learning. Technology aids to shape teaching and learning more meaningful and fun. Students are also able to collaborate with their classes through technological applications. The technology of today offers endless opportunities for teachers to create interest in students to explore, interact, experiment, experience and have fun while learning. When teachers effectively integrate technology into subject areas, teachers play the role of adviser and content expert. Additionally, the digital tools offer the opportunity for multi-modal teaching, using a wide variety of tools such as games, imagery, storytelling, and videos through which teachers can help students to make learning experiences fun, immersive and interactive.

Unique ways to use technology in Classroom

Gamified learning

Gamified Learning

Learning can be fun and using technology for gamified learning in your classroom can be advantageous to achieving that goal. Gamified instruction uses the mechanics, engines, and underpinning strategies games to encourage learning.

Digital field trips

Digital field trips

Digital field trips can be an effective tool for teachers searching for new ways to use technology in the classroom.  Teachers can use apps to virtually experience the view and make students know about locations which can make them excited in their learning.

Gather student feedback

Gather Students Feedback

Teachers can use online surveys and polls to perform daily or weekly check-ins with students to get their feedback on subjects and address problems/questions or concerns and confusion as they arise. This helps both teachers to improve teaching methods as well as students to get to use various tools of technology.

Creating Digital Content

Creating Digital Content

Making students create digital content related to the topics they are learning is a great way for them to display their individual creative talents as well as showcase learning styles. Provide opportunities for students to express themselves through blogs, videos, podcasts, eBooks, flyers, and other digital art, or any other means.

Online Activities

Online Activities For Students

Setting up a learning base to support and encourage students to work at their own pace.  If a student finishes an assignment early, he or she can enhance their learning by visiting a learning base and watching videos, playing learning-based games, or exploring other online activities related to their learning.

Integrate Social Media

Integrate Social Media

Integrating social media into the classroom by creating groups of the class to post discussion topics and discuss lessons or ask questions to connect students to curriculum, classroom resources, and one another. This could be an innovative way of using technology because nowadays most of the students know using social media. 

Review webpage

Review and Evaluate Webpages

Everyone can find almost anything on the internet, but sometimes what they may find is not reliable information from reliable sources. So teachers can empower their students with digital literacy to analyze and differentiate reliable and unreliable web pages and sources by reviewing them together, developing and communicating standards for what makes a good source.

Video/multimedia presentation

Video/Multimedia Lessons and Presentations

Develop and incorporate digital presentations by adding sounds effects, animations, and context while presenting, to engage students in the classroom via programs designed for conference calls (such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Facetime). These are all fun and creative ways to boost the engagement of students in lessons while teaching the benefits of technology and multimedia use.

Using online Calendar

Using a shared, online classroom calendar

Teachers can develop an online calendar for their classroom through the various applications available for posting important updates. Posting assignment due dates and classroom events in one easily accessible location for both teachers and students. Can also share the calendar with parents to keep them connected and engaged with their child’s learning.

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