We always talk about a good teacher. Who is a good teacher? Some might say a good teacher is one who knows what they’re teaching, some say it’s not about having knowledge, it’s about imparting that knowledge or some might even say it’s about how much of that imparted knowledge actually leads to fruition, meaning brings a change, a development in the student.
But nowadays a new concept has come into picture called the EdTech teachers. Its one thing to have technology and a wholly another concept to use that technology. It’s like you can buy a laptop but the technology is useless if you don’t use its software and applications. Teachers using technology these days are the new trend.
Now comes the whole question of what makes a great EdTech teacher? Is it the knowledge he possesses or the clarity in his voice or the ability to create interest among the students the whole time during the teaching session? So we have come up with a whole mix of 7 traits that make up a Great EdTech teacher. These traits might look banal if seen separately, but together in synergy they make up a rare combination and a must have for an EdTech teacher. So let’s try to sum up these traits or you may call some “Edtech educator tips”.
1. A good Edtech teacher always starts with a why: Technology for technology’s sake is dangerous. Highly effective teachers who use technology always have a reason for using new technology tools. Whether it saves them time, improves learning outcome, or helps with lesson planning, highly effective teachers always start with a why.
2. They are malleable and can easily adapt: Technology is constantly changing, and the classroom environment will be drastically different in 2 years. Understanding the big picture is the key.
3. They embrace change: Most teachers who use technology today are innovators or early adopters. Embracing (not fighting) change is vital. The world hates change but it is the only thing that has brought progress.
4. They share, share and then share some more: Technology has opened the door for collaboration beyond the school walls. A teacher in New Brunswick can now collaborate with a teacher in acknowledge is power, but it is also free (and it should be).Technology lovers share best practices, which benefits everyone (which is the point!)
5. They think win-win-win: Technology cannot work properly if there is no buy-in from the administration, parents, teachers, and the student. First and foremost, there is nothing better than an administrator embrace technology. Secondly, it is imperative that you show parents the value of technology. Thirdly, as a teacher, you have to truly believe that it can impact learning outcomes. Lastly (and most important), the student must see the value.
6. They are extremely thorough and think two steps ahead: How are you going to present new technology at the professional development meeting? Especially if you know some teachers don’t embrace change? Highly effective teachers who use technology already know the answers to any question, and they have concrete examples showing its effectiveness.
7. They actively care: Teachers who use technology typically are the ones who cannot sleep at night because they are so excited about a lesson plan idea, are thinking of ways to engage their classroom and pinch themselves at night, wondering how they get paid to inspire students. They don’t just care, they actively care, and they embrace technology. Not because it makes their job easier, because it allows them to make a greater impact.
With these tips, I recommend you to go through this list of various edtech tools.