Which Education Technology Tool Should I Choose?
As a teacher, it can be challenging to find reliable information regarding education technology tools since almost every product you find online claims to be backed by research. That’s quite a weak claim since “based on research” can mean just about anything.
Trying to find an education technology tool that will support your lessons and learners is often frustrating and time-consuming. This frustration usually leaves educators feeling dejected, and many end up neglecting their search for valuable education tech tools altogether.
We will look at some useful education technology tools and discuss how you can scope out which tools are legitimate and which ones are a waste of time.
Determining Areas of Teaching That Need Improvement
In classrooms, we observe a high workload for learners and educators, insufficient face-to-face time, disengagement, apathy and a constant barrier to understanding the content. These are the barriers you should consider when looking for education technology tools.
If your workload is too large for your learners, don’t waste money on implementing a smartboard into the class. Instead, look for tools that let your learners learn more effectively so they don’t have to spend as much time working.
Match Education Technology Categories and Their Purpose to Your Needs
The different education technology options are designed to fulfill different needs, so you will want to match the tool’s purpose with the learning barrier to overcome. If you can’t have face-to-face time with your learners, you can use a virtual classroom.
If you notice apathy and disengagement with your learners, you could use technology tools that promote interaction.
Choosing the Right Tool
Once you understand the types of education technology tool you need, there will be many more factors to consider when deciding the exact one you need. Develop a checklist to ensure that it’s a good fit for your school’s ideal learning experience.
When choosing an education technology tool, the best thing to do is research, understand your school’s needs and be confident enough to make impactful decisions.
Education tech is not one size fits all. Still, the tool you choose to use can genuinely make or break the successful integration of education technology tools in your school.