Educators, administrators, and parents in our communities may agree that we need technology in every classroom and in every student’s and teacher’s hands. However, assessing an entire school using technology isn’t without its challenges. Today we break down three common mistakes that are often made with regard to classroom technology.
Prioritizing Technology’s Fun Features
Technological gadgets can have exciting, fun features, but do they serve your educational goals? Technology must be seamlessly and appropriately incorporated into your classroom setup and your overall curriculum. Before purchasing an edtech product, ask yourself:
- “Does this product make learning easier and more engaging for our students.
- Why am I using this technology?
- How will it improve learning in my classroom?
It is important to prioritize pedagogy before technology in your classroom.
Technology as Busywork
Sitting a student in front of technology as a means of filling class time does not provide a rich learning experience. Technology should be used as a purposeful learning tool, without it being overused. For instance, Istation Reading can work as a primary intervention program, with recommended weekly minutes per student. The recommended 30/60/90 rule of usage minutes per week is based on students’ instructional tier levels.
Lacking Technology Training
Proper, well-organized technology training for instructors unlocks the learning potential in students through the effective use of integrated tools. It is well worth the time and effort to provide a clear understanding of what platforms to use, technical specifications for each tool, and easy-to-follow instructions for setup and implementation. Ultimately, the process will create a well-informed staff who can pass their expertise to their students and creatively extend the features of their edtech.
Istation’s Professional Development Team provides customized guidance and insight into proven educational approaches, best practices, and more. Istation’s specialists possess the real-world instructional experience and technical support to help schools drive adoption, boost implementation, and optimize usage. Istation also provides a wealth of technical support resources as well as an extensive library of implementation and product training videos and step-by-step instructions.
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