Using technology in the classroom is a great way to enhance teaching and learning. Earlier this year, the Department of Education reported:
“Technology can be an effective tool to help reduce workload, increase efficiencies, engage students and communities, and provide tools to support excellent teaching and raise student attainment” – Secretary of State for Education, April 2019
Below are just some of the key benefits that technology can bring to both teachers and pupils.
The benefits of technology for teachers
You don’t have to be a tech-whizz to use technology in the classroom. Although introducing EdTech into your school can sound like a daunting process, it’s worthwhile to take the time to do so to benefit from invaluable long-term gains.
Managing and easing workloads
As all teachers know, planning lessons, setting homework, marking papers and recording results is very time-consuming! Ofsted’s 2019 inspection arrangements focus on “helping to reduce unnecessary workload[s] for teachers, leaders and inspectors”, and what better way to do this than through technology.
EdTech allows teachers to set work at the click of a button. Plus, there are lots of clever classroom hacks that can help teachers save valuable time. Some of our favourites include:
- Trello: a free web-based list-making application to help you manage and order tasks.
- Bouncy Balls: a free noise-level meter to visually show pupils when a classroom becomes too noisy. A row of bouncy balls react to sounds from a microphone, which start to bounce when noise levels become too loud.
- Name generator: enter the names of all your pupils in your class and spin the wheel to pick a name at random.
Tracking progress and easy reporting
Technology lets teachers gain an in-depth insight into their pupils’ work, enabling them to track their progress and extract meaningful data.
Teachers using Doodle can set children a target number of questions for pupils to answer at home. Their progress is tracked and visually displayed, enabling teachers to gain an insight into their strengths and weaknesses in the curriculum. Teachers can then export this data for individual pupils or across their whole class, making report writing a breeze!
The benefits of technology for children
EdTech uses technology in lots of exciting and creative ways to make learning a fun and engaging experience. From VR to personalised learning programmes, technology can bring learning to life quite unlike any other medium!
Raising confidence and attainment
According to the State of Technology’s Education Survey, 94% of educators believe that EdTech improves pupil engagement levels, while a recent study by The Royal Society of Chemistry concluded that a variety of online platforms boosted confidence and raised results.
Our very own DoodleMaths is proven to prevent learning loss and attainment. A study by the University of Bath found that children who used DoodleMaths for twenty minutes a week were four times less likely to suffer learning loss and scored 9.4% higher in tests than those who didn’t use the app.
Appealing to all types of learner
All pupils learn in different ways; while some teaching methods work for some, they may not be very effective for others.
Luckily, the diversity of EdTech means there’s something for every type of learner. Visual learners may flourish when seeing interactive graphs in apps, while kinaesthetic learners (who learn best by doing) can enjoy hands-on experiences such as conducting experiments in virtual science labs!
Our Doodle apps are built around the three key learning styles, making them a great way to engage all pupils with one EdTech solution.
Looking to introduce an EdTech strategy into your school? Find out more about how DoodleMaths can benefit your school and sign up for a free demo today!