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How can teachers use technology to streamline the learning process?

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Lesson delivery technologies were constantly evolving, long before these challenging times. Now, whether it’s finding ways to streamline learning remotely, or enhance lesson delivery in the classroom, technology is often a useful component to support learning.

Last year, our State of Technology in Education report identified the following technologies as having the most potential to streamline learning in the future:

  1. Cloud-based lesson planning and delivery tools 
  2. Online assessments 
  3. Virtual reality and augmented reality (VR & AR) 
  4. Robotics/coding 
  5. Remote learning technology for distance learning

At the same time, 82.7% of educators said that tech helps them do their job better, and over 30% more agreed it’s a great way to engage pupils than the year before.

But now, with such a dramatic change to the education landscape, you might feel that school closures have fundamentally changed the role of tech in learning.


 

However, thanks to existing collaborative teaching approaches and popular interactive technologies, many lessons are already centred around digital learning experiences and hands-on projects, both in and outside the classroom. Here are some examples of how teachers are using technology to streamline learning:

Video conferencing

Video conferencing software has proved invaluable since schools around the UK closed due to the pandemic. And, with just 29% of teachers who are available to work, only able to work at home, online teaching is likely to remain an essential part of our new educational landscape for some time to come. But video conferencing can be used for more than lesson delivery. 

By enabling pupils to collaborate online, tools such as Skype and Zoom can also support group-based activities or assignments. This could prove critical with senior leaders predicting that, even when the schools fully open, 46% of families will continue to keep their children at home. Although, it is vital that educators are shown how to use these tools safely and securely

Messaging apps

Communication has always been essential when it comes to creating positive partnerships with parents. And, today, providing instant access to school information is going to be more important than ever.

As well as providing updates on things such as closures and other COVID-19 related information, schools can use apps to share positive comments and concerns about pupils with their parents. Likewise, apps can be used to foster two-way communication, with parents encouraged to contact the school via messaging tools where appropriate.

Lesson delivery software

Software designed for lesson delivery on an interactive display allows teachers to engage students in the classroom. What’s more, with a suite of inbuilt tools, teachers can often use this software to deliver lessons remotely. 

For example, if you use ActivInspire already, you can browse, edit and share flipcharts with your colleagues from home. There’s also the ability to use the screen recorder function to deliver and record remote lessons, as if you were in the classroom with your pupils.

This means teachers can augment their in-class teaching methods remotely, and go on to bring their lessons to life in the future, too.

In conclusion

During this period of change in education, this is the perfect time to reconsider how best to efficiently deliver a high standard of teaching and learning. Technology benefits both teachers and students, enabling new ways of engaging pupils and collaborating across the teaching community. Book a demo to see how edtech opportunities can transform your teaching and learning process.

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