The epidemic has been dubbed history's largest educational experiment. And it's not even close to being over. However, preliminary research shows that teachers and other K-12 educators will continue to use technology long after the epidemic has passed.
Educators want to continue utilising technology into instruction: in the classroom, at home, and for student needs such as incomplete learning. It's one thing to utilise technology; it's quite another to put it to good use. As technology becomes more important in K-12 schools for teaching and learning, it's crucial that instructors be equipped to do the latter and that recruiters know how to spot them.
Here are some essential practices to effectively implement technology into the practice of teaching. Some were discovered or honed during the pandemic. All offer lessons for job seekers wanting to present in-demand knowledge and skills, as well as districts and schools that are seeking truly tech-savvy teachers.
Lead with learning, not technology
Today's new teachers will very certainly require the same level of assistance as their predecessors in areas like as classroom management, discipline, and other fundamental first-year classroom skills.
Depth of knowledge takes precedence over superficiality
Teachers seeking for work may try to impress potential employers with the variety of digital tools at their disposal. Some argue that displaying a restricted but thorough understanding of technology is more impressive.
Collaborate with colleagues using technology.
The epidemic opened up new opportunities for teacher cooperation, if not the time. Teachers' days are typically jam-packed. Lunch and restroom breaks are scarce, let alone brainstorming meetings with coworkers. However, owing to video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet, instructors were able to maintain continual touch during the pandemic shutdowns.
Take advantage of the knowledge of younger, digital native instructors.
Because of the sudden increase in digital use, young, new instructors are more likely to have greater skill than their more experienced colleagues—at least when it comes to technology.
(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Education Week The original article can be found at https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/5-practices-of-truly-tech-savvy-teachers/2021/09)