In recent years, bringing technology into the classroom to aid learning has exploded, and seemingly every day a new app or software solution is released with promises of making the classroom a better place. Not everyone is on board, however, as many educators still like teaching the old-fashioned way. While everyone has their preferred teaching style, because edtech is here to stay, it’s worth considering how it can benefit your teaching environment and enable a better learning experience for your students.
Here are a few examples of how edtech tools, such as classroom management software, can help everyone in the classroom—including teachers.
Encourages Active Learning
One-on-one learning is showing promise as a more interactive way for students to engage with their lessons. With applications and digital tools available at their fingertips, rather than sitting back and passively listening as many do in a lecture environment, edtech tools put students in control of their learning experience. These tools are proving especially useful for conceptual topics like math or science as students can follow a self-guided lesson and interact with it along the way. Rather than letting the lesson pass them by, this learning approach can help each student learn at their own pace.
Supports Individual Growth
It's no secret that some students will pick up a lesson quicker than others, yet traditional teaching methods keep every student on the same level. Through edtech solutions, your lessons won't hold back the overachievers, and you can provide individualized attention to the students who need additional instruction. When you combine your edtech tools with an effective classroom management system, you can quickly determine which students require special attention and provide help at the tap of a button.
Develops Skills Students Will Need in the Future
Technology isn’t going anywhere, and the future careers of your students will likely require they have an adept knowledge of digital tools. While doing things the old-fashioned way has its place, teaching your students how to use technology to research, solve problems, and collaborate with others prepares them for the future.
When students work with each other in small groups and teach new skills to one another, you know that your classroom is a haven for collaboration. In a study from the U.S. Department of Education, they found that technology did just that, with students in small groups helping each other learn the technology and the lesson. Integrating technology into the classroom can help foster a community where students are willing and happy to help each other as they all learn through interactive lessons.
Saves Time for Educators
Finally, specific tools like classroom management software can help educators save time in the classroom in a few ways. Tools like Netop’s Vision software, for example, allow teachers to keep tabs on the devices in their digital classroom. It’s particularly useful for those who are weary of potential misuse of technology as they can rest assured that with the simple press of a button, they can quickly and easily monitor the screens in their class to make sure everyone stays on task and gets the assistance they need. With Vision, educators can also freeze screens, easily redirect attention, and even share their screen with the class (and more).
Netop develops software solutions that enable both businesses and educators to improve efficiency all while driving results to optimize their core goals. Of their collection of digital tools, Vision, their software for classroom management, helps educators keep tabs on and optimize their classroom technology. The tool is incredibly simple to install and use and can replace a fragmented classroom management system all while saving educators time, improving student engagement, and fostering a learning environment that develops skills students will need for the future. Over 8,000 school districts rely on Vision, and it is available in 13 languages for Chrome OS and Windows systems.