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Top 8 Reasons Teachers Should be Paying Attention to EdTech Trends
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 15, 2015, 07:38 PM   

Find out where students are spending the most time on their educational journey, which lessons students find the most challenging, and how much of the lesson students have understood.

  1. Determine how you're professional skills are developing compared to that of your peers.
  2. Tailor your teaching approach to a more student-centered, personalized approach.
  3. Give and receive instant feedback to help teachers master the art of their profession.
  4. Provide one-on-one teaching without publicly singling out students.
  5. Reduce time wasted holding up the entire class for a minority of students.
  6. Keep students from falling behind by keeping them at the level they’re ready for.
  7. Offer different lessons to different groups of students in the same class.

Paying attention to EdTech trends is critical for teachers because:

  1. Technology increases potential for augmented reality and location specific activities.
  2. It decreases the cost of mainstream technology.
  3. It allows for entire subjects to be taught at any level, free of charge, by way of Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs), and for education rivals to compete and be compensated for top of the line learning tools.
  4. It offers the capability to use tools like motion and pressure-sensors for activity-based learning.
  5. It has the potential to become an entrenched part of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment.
  6. It offers the ability to innovate and revolutionize the field of teaching and the art of learning.
  7. It is gaining widespread traction across the board in all fields of study and at all levels of learning.
  8. It swings the pendulum from seat-time to a competency-based framework.
  9. It expands the education market and allows for school operators like Rocketship Education to open schools as far away as the UK.
  10. It provides greater opportunities for collaborative working both within the class and between schools.

AAE is excited to see what 2015 has in store in the world of EdTech because it gives teachers the freedom, autonomy, in independence they deserve as dedicated professionals.

What EdTech trends are you most excited about?
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Originally posted by Alana at AAE.

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