STEAM should be the overall ambition of the educational system. It should aim at empowering students to use their creativity in finding new solutions to everyday problems, and at the same time help them understand more about life, society, and culture.
Finding the greatest use of the plethora of edtech available simply requires learning how to use it correctly and avoiding the potential negative side effects the too much technology can have in the online classroom. Here are a few suggestions for ways to incorporate your remote learning tools into a well-balanced educational routine:
Teachers play a crucial role in the successful use of edtech in the classroom, especially now, when every classroom is either hybrid or virtual. Those who manage to achieve great results understand the importance of finding the right edtech, align it with students’ learning objectives, don’t overlook the hardware side of edtech, and are active in their edtech communities.
There are many online tools that provide students with more choices in how to show what they are learning in our classrooms, helping them to develop essential SEL skills while in virtual learning environments. Using these options also helps with any transitions we may need to make during the year, as these can be used while in our physical classroom spaces as well as virtual learning spaces.
Misunderstood theories don’t support excellent teaching. Although famous, Maslow’s HN is controversial and has limited empirical support. Teachers, while awesome at what they do, cannot do it all by themselves. We need to look at the bigger picture if we want to apply “Maslow before Bloom”.
There are many ways in which students can get into the habit of reading. With a little patience, you can find the right approach and help them create a good habit: the habit of reading (if possible) more than 17 minutes per day.
Digital citizenship is essential for all people living in a digital economy. Those who design and implement policies should understand the deep roots of all the processes involved: proper values and right attitudes help shape the necessary skills one needs to develop knowledge and critical understanding of the self and of the world.
The edtech coordinator knows edtech inside out and helps teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. Yet, we need to look at the big picture to see just how much impact such a role can have on improving teaching and learning. So let’s see what are the most important ways in which an edtech coordinator helps schools transform their daily activities:
The role of classroom discourse should not be diminished due to our current circumstances. It is vital for students to participate in conversations that make safe spaces for opposing voices, so that they can carry those critical thinking skills into their future as citizens, employees, parents, and leaders.