Teaching can be an altruistic profession, but, while teachers love to watch their pupils succeed and flourish, their own career paths also require care and attention. Here are just some of the ways technology can help you to deliver educational benefits in the classroom, while, at the same time, fostering professional success.
Standards, attainment, and results are at the top of the school agenda. By integrating ed tech into your classroom, and making it a core part of the learning experience, you can inspire student collaboration, creativity, engagement, and critical thinking; helping to boost those all-important results.
Meet the needs of employers
A digital age demands digital proficiency, with tech skills helping to set students on the path to long-term career success. 65% of children entering primary schools today will likely work in roles that don’t currently exist.
However, while teachable skills such as computing go some way to meeting the needs of employers, it’s just as important that teachers use technology to foster innovation, communication, and collaboration across all disciplines. Reflecting the world we live in, and how technology is used in the workplace, in doing so you’ll help make sure your pupils leave education with the skills their future employers need; demonstrating your value as a modern educator.
Save your school money
Diminishing budgets mean that some schools are struggling to keep up with trends and innovations, lacking the IT infrastructure necessary to succeed.
Teachers who can help to identify and champion free educational software and other cost-effective initiatives (such as BYOD) without the need for additional spend are of real value to school management teams as they struggle to do more with less.
It’s not just pupils that benefit from educational collaboration; teachers can also use technology to facilitate cooperative planning and create better lessons. Shown to improve cross-curricular learning and maximise resources across departmental boundaries, technology also fosters cooperation and trust among teachers; making it easier to identify what’s working, and what isn’t.
Boost your reputation
Technological developments and growth in collaborative cloud-based platforms have opened up a whole new way for teachers to swap resources. By sharing (or even selling) your content online, you can build a follower base amongst your peers, even boost your earnings; helping you to gain recognition as a thought-leader in your field.
Introduce flexible learning
Cloud-based educational technology is facilitating flipped-learning, allowing schooling to take place beyond the classroom. Delivering content that pupils can access anytime, anywhere, flipped-learning lets you work smarter, not harder. With the education sector under more pressure than ever before, this approach can help to remove some of the pressures of modern teaching, freeing you up to get on with what you do best.
By embracing technology you could better demonstrate your worth and become invaluable to your school and school management team; ultimately advancing your own career.