Which Tools Help Teachers Stay Nimble in an Unknown Future?
Even before the pandemic, no two days in the classroom ever looked exactly alike. Though teachers were always battling disruptions, the last two years have highlighted the need for preparation and adaptability in a way nothing else has.
The right classroom technology upgrades have proven to be a big part of that preparedness. Plus, teachers with the support needed to remain nimble are better able to educate in a post-pandemic world.
With these pieces in place, teachers can show up differently for their students. Certain supportive tools and resources allow them to remain flexible in an unpredictable world, making educators more effective at their job and helping them better connect with students.
When this happens, education author and lecturer Alfie Kohn reminds us that,”children feel safe and they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.”
This cascade effect all starts with the intentional use of edtech. If you do nothing else, consider how making these upgrades can better equip educators to stay flexible in the face of the unknown.
1. A More Powerful Laptop Experience
For many schools, the classroom is no longer a place, it’s a device. As the tools, programs, and software that power the learning day grow, so too must the capabilities of these educational devices. Equipping teachers with the latest generation laptops means less troubleshooting and technical difficulties. When the storage and RAM are sufficient and the operating system is up-to-date, laptop performance can improve academic performance. Whether running a web-based learning management system or teaching a lesson that relies on large graphic files, the machine they use can make or break the learning experience.
2. An Expanded Workstation
Laptops are built for portability, not extended views. Their compact design works great for some tasks, but can impede good teaching in the hybrid classroom. Providing docking stations and additional monitors give educators the visual and physical space they need to accommodate learners from all over. They’re better able to access apps, move between programs, and present to students in various locales.
3. Enhanced Audiovisual Tools and Accessories
Educators aren’t just teaching to standardized tests anymore. They’re also engaging in-class and at-home students – often at the same time. That means increased reliance on audio and video technology to get everyone on the same page. Modernizing these tools helps eliminate barriers of connection by making learning available from anywhere.
Nothing about teaching during a pandemic has been ideal, but there have been some valuable lessons to emerge. The most impactful teachers know how to roll with the changes, and those with the right equipment are better equipped to do just that. Ask yourself: are a few upgrades all that’s standing in the way of your educators teaching more holistically?