Each day, the average teacher has 45 minutes of planning time. If a teacher has five courses, she only has nine minutes per class to plan an engaging lesson that fulfils the needs of each student.
Educators, understandably, do not have nearly enough time to organise classes. Giving teachers extra prep time is the simplest solution to this problem. However, since that is doubtful, here are six ways teachers might save time with EdTech tools.
1. Look for a learning management system that suits your needs.
Learning management systems like Google Classroom, Schoology, and Seesaw can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to assign in-class work or assignments. Instead of wasting time at the printer, a teacher may send an assignment to all of their pupils with only a few clicks. Because each learning management system works a bit differently, you should try out a few to determine which one works best for you.
2. Automated assignment grading
According to research published by Scholastic (2012), the average teacher spends 90 minutes per day grading from home. Nearpod, Google Forms, and Quizlet are just a few of the websites that offer auto-grading tasks. These websites are simple to navigate and even generate graphs to show you how well your pupils performed on each assignment. When you spend less time grading, you have more time to do other things.
3. Checklists on the internet
Time management is a skill that many people, including teachers, struggle with. Virtual checklists can be a terrific method to remind yourself of what needs to be done and when, especially with the apparently unending amount of work on every teacher's plate. Checklists can be created using websites like Checkli or Microsoft Outlook to help you stay organised. You can also use them to send you reminders of impending deadlines by integrating them with your online calendar. Online checklists could also be a useful tool to share with your pupils, who are likely to want more time management assistance than you are.
4. Get your files in order.
Nothing is more frustrating than knowing exactly what document you require but having to waste time looking for it because you have no idea where you saved it. Organizing your data in Google Drive or another comparable service for 10 minutes can save you a lot of trouble in the future. Make a folder for each of the numerous types of files you've come up with. It will be much easier to find what you're looking for once each file has been categorised into the appropriate folder. Don't forget to keep the habit going by sorting each new file into the appropriate folder.
5. Don't strive to create something new.
It's very possible that someone else has already done your work for you when it comes to creating assessments or learning activities. Teachers can upload their creations for anybody to utilise in community parts of learning management systems. The majority of websites that allow you to create auto-graded assignments provide the same capability. If you know what you need to teach, spending a few minutes looking for a related activity or assessment prepared by someone else might save you a lot of time and even provide you with fresh ideas for how to teach that topic in the future.
6. Work together
Now that you've got some ideas for how to save time with EdTech tools, don't forget that the greatest approach to lighten your burden is to collaborate with your colleagues. Educators who participate in professional learning communities are more effective than those who do not, according to a 2007 study. Taking the time to talk with your colleagues about teaching practices, time-saving techniques, and student achievement will help you become a far better educator. They may even have their own technology-based methods that would make your job much easier. Working smart, not hard, is the way to go.