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EdTech News Friday, June 1

Why Parents Need Edtech Training Just Like Students and Teachers

  • School districts spend a lot of time training teachers and students how to use the programs, but parents are left with questions.
  • Parents can do their due diligence to ensure that their child is sufficiently protected by the parameters that the school and programs have in place.
  • Parents need to know what their child can and cannot do on edtech platforms from home.
  • When schools leave parents out of the equation, students and teachers will lack the support they need to improve a childs education.
  • School districts need to prioritize extending training to parents so they can assist their child with work at home.

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How to Find a Balance Between Teaching and Technology

  • According to eSparks Learning, teachers regardless of age or experience level harbor doubts about their ability to successfully use classroom technology.
  • One way that this balance can be achieved is by teachers being in control of the technology that makes its way into the classroom.
  • This ensures that technology compliments current teaching methodologies and does scare teachers into thinking that their talents are no longer valid.
  • Not every edtech product will work, and with so many dynamic variables in every classroom, teachers need to be in making the decisions when it comes to the technology that will best suit the needs of their teaching and their students needs.
  • Information Today Inc recently put out a great article on the problems that new technology brings and why teachers are so untrusting and unhappy to learn.

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Why social interaction is essential to learning math

  • Over the 40 minute session, as the students were introduced to 20 new English vocabulary words, speaking them aloud and using them in sentences, I suddenly realized how important active, verbal and reciprocal exchange is to learning any new language.
  • Our education system seeks fluency in the language of math, yet it does not encourage students to use it in a social way, producing many who are anxious about math.
  • We can start to develop social math by encouraging our children, from a very early age, to speak as well as write the language of mathematics.
  • Just as the students in that Israeli classroom learned English by speaking words out loud, we can do the same when teaching math.
  • Whenever children in a school are struggling to learn English, we invest considerably more resources into building their competence in that subject than we do when a comparable deficiency exists with math literacy.

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