There is no doubt, technology is a great educational tool. It has become even more meaningful for post-pandemic learning.
Technology empowers teachers and students by connecting them to content and resources. Technology can “accelerate, amplify, and expand the impact of effective teaching practices.”2 It promotes engagement and empowers student ownership. It frees up teaching time. When educators incorporate technology to enhance their instruction, they recognize the importance of their role in ensuring student achievement—to make sure students are working on standards they need to progress and are fully engaged their own learning.
Connecting assessment to instruction and practice is essential when individualization is the goal. When technology is used for assessment, it generates real-time assessment data that is especially valuable to inform instructional decisions, monitor students’ progress to standards mastery, and examine learning trends. It provides opportunities for personalized learning and empowers students “to demonstrate mastery of standards while working at a self-regulated pace. When instruction and practice are utilized within the same platform, the benefits increase.
Effective blended-solution resources are specifically designed to be fully integrated into an instructional program. Blended is a key point of differentiation. Lessons that incorporate teacher-led instruction with technology means that educators are in control of instruction—and that’s an important distinction.
- Ascione, Laura. What’s in store for the post-pandemic classroom? eSchoolNews. August 27, 2021. Retrieved from https://www.eschoolnews.com/2021/08/27/whats-in-store-for-the-post-pandemic-classroom/
- Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education: 2017 National Education Technology Plan Update. US Department of Education. October 2017. Retrieved from https://tech.ed.gov/files/2017/01/NETP17.pdf