Over the last 20 years, I have worked with education technology in many different ways. As a teacher, I saw how much time it took to search for and learn about new classroom tech. When I transitioned to a district employee, technology continued to be a part of my job in a different way. During this time, I worked on a program that put a laptop into the hands of every student. And now, I’m helping to develop technology for other teachers.
Regardless of where I was at in my career, one thing has always stayed the same. I’ve always found that technology can be an incredible aid in both teaching and learning.
Getting the right tools in students’ hands
When you think about education, traditional images might come to mind. You may think of a student writing with a pencil or a teacher at the front of the class. But with digital tools, teachers can “flip” the classroom. Instead of standing at the front of the room, teachers can assist students as they use their digital tools. This gives students an opportunity to receive feedback from their teacher. It also gives them a chance to work together during class time and improve upon their learning. It even gives students the opportunity to view and become familiar with their next day’s lesson at home.
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