Building a Strong Academic Scaffold with EdTech
If you aren’t sure what to expect in this coming school year or are unsure whether your school district will begin the year with face-to-face classroom instruction, then you are not alone. Many teachers are grappling with these questions, and the uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused in the education sector can be felt around the world.
It is crucial to prepare for a variety of possible teaching scenarios. However, regardless of how your district plans to provide its instruction at the start of the new academic year, teachers must have a strong academic scaffold that they can depend upon.
Let’s look at how you can develop the foundation that you and your students need for a successful year.
Using Digital Models & Simulations
When it comes to traditional learning, students can sometimes struggle to grasp a concept. This is where it can be useful to incorporate digital models and simulations. They will allow students to better understand various disciplines and familiarize themselves with the modern tech of the world.
Additionally, technology can assist teachers who sometimes have trouble explaining certain concepts within the boundaries of the physical classroom. Tech-savvy educators can prepare their lessons more strategically by incorporating different types of activity models, text, and interactive controls for their students.
If you feel that some of the concepts you will be discussing throughout the year may be difficult for your students to grasp, then planning with digital models and simulations can make things easier.
Assessing Effectively & Accurately
With the help of digital models and simulations, not only are teachers able to prepare their lessons efficiently, but they can also get a better understanding of their students’ progress. Software exists that allows educators to dole out or receive assessments of their students in real-time.
This software was designed to help teachers stay updated with all records, for example, how much time students are taking to solve a problem, the number of learning assessments given, and so on. It is a means to help teachers understand how much time students spend on a particular question and if they are improving.
Using this technology, teachers can provide more personalized learning to their students and know what further efforts must be made for students’ improvement.
Collaborating Using Online Groups
The concept of group study has been revised and improvised in the digital world. Students no longer need to worry about getting together physically because plenty of online platforms facilitate collaboration.
This is especially useful in a time like this, where physical interaction is limited, and social distancing is encouraged. Students are not only able to have discussions but can also share notes, documents, and projects. This can be an excellent option for teachers who plan to assign group projects.
You can never be too prepared for a new academic year, especially when the year is as uncertain as 2021. We hope that you’ll be able to employ the techniques above and that they will provide a little more clarity.