Edtech is booming-but does it make better teachers?

Teachers should take a cautious approach to edtech, making sure learning is not dependent on the tech. Here are tools and tips for edtech use in the classroom.

Kids are natural learners, but sometimes schools create an environment where learning does not happen naturally. Many children are struggling with such essential skills like problem-solving, creative thinking and writing, and simple implementation of tablets and ebooks does little to address this problem.

According to the Yale Center of Teaching and Learning research 2017, using technology in the classroom appears to have both bright and dark sides. On one hand, engagement may improve when students have a chance to use Twitter for their classroom and homework activities. On the other hand, unlimited internet exposure may wreak havoc on their motivation and final grade.

Also, using technology in the classroom prepares students for their future lives in technological environment. However, positive shifts are only possible with a cautious approach where students are not dependent on the tech, and when teachers know exactly what to do with edtech tools for education.

The Schools and the Changes

The biggest tech innovations that get launched in the educational sphere belong to the eLearning medium: social networking and collaborative and web-based platforms for studying.

ELearning is not a simple issue of installing a small application on a laptop–it is an important choice; the choice that will determine whether the learning will be effective.

Every technology should be applied reasonably. So how can educators determine if the apps and educational tools applied in the classroom serve the purpose of making education optimal? This is where we need to dig deeper.

(Next page: Edtech tools and tips for teachers that can make a real difference in learning)

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