EdTech is a rising player in the education sector across the world. A combination of education and technology, it refers to hardware and software designed to enhance teacher-led learning in classrooms and enhance quality of education for students.
While it brings a plethora of benefits to the field of learning and education, Kwasi Aggor thinks that one of the major benefits of EdTech is the efficiency it brings to the classroom.
According to the EdTech worker, “One of the areas with great automation potential is one that teachers deal with before they even get to the classroom – preparation.”
Kwasi Aggor thinks that even if teachers spend the same amount of time preparing, technology could make that time more effective, helping them come up with even better lesson plans and approaches.
EdTech could help teachers assess the current level of their students’ understanding, group students according to learning needs, and suggest lesson plans, materials, and problem sets for each group.
“We are now able to provide collaboration platforms that enable teachers to search and find relevant materials posted by other teachers or administrators.”
Kwasi Aggor thinks that EdTech has the potential to save teachers time not only in areas such as direct instruction and engagement but also coaching and advisement as well as behavioral, social, and emotional skill development.
While he is sure that technology will change the student experience of learning, he recommends caution and measured expectations from stakeholders.
“Just providing hardware is easy. Integrating effective software that links to student-learning goals within the curriculum and training teachers on how to adapt to it is difficult.”
Aggor believes that to improve student outcomes, teachers still need to be in the classroom, online or physical, but their role has to shift from instructor to facilitator and coach.
“Instead of teaching a concept in the classroom and then having students go home to practice it, they can now assign self-paced videos as homework to give the basic instruction.”
“The students can then practice in the classroom, where the teacher can provide support and fill gaps in their understanding”, adds Aggor.
EdTech also has the potential to reduce the amount of time teachers spend on administrative responsibilities. The software can automatically fill out forms; maintain inventories of materials, equipment, and products; and even automatically order replacements.
Where will the time go? Aggor thinks that it could be given back to teachers themselves so that they are able to spend time with their families and their communities. He contends that this will not only increase the overall happiness of teachers but also the attractiveness of teaching as a profession.
Part of the time saved can also be reinvested into improving education through more personalized learning and more direct coaching and mentoring. This will enable teachers to provide tailored material and personalized feedback to their students.
Kwasi Aggor says, “It will enable teachers to foster one-on-one relationships with students, encourage self-regulation and perseverance, and help students collaborate with each other.”
“With the support of a range of education technologies, teachers should have more time for themselves—and more time for their students. They can pour that time into improving student outcomes and preparing students for a more challenging and automated workforce.”
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