This series of blogs looks at some of the most innovative schools and educational partnerships around the world, and considers the technology that is most likely to lead to change in your classroom and your school.
We’re well aware that there are far too many examples of schools and school systems using technology without checking it works properly, or embedding the use of technology into the culture of the organisation. That doesn’t mean you need to run away from technology!
This second blog of the series looks at how the school of the future will use technology to help planning and assessment – jobs teachers have to do outside the classroom. The first one looked at teaching and the third will look at teacher recruitment and retention – all key areas for the future success of schools. Read the full blog series, clicking on the links below.
- School of the Future (part I): 9 Ways to Use EdTech to Help Teaching and Learning
- School of the Future (part II): 7 Ways to Use EdTech to Help Planning and Assessment
- School of the Future (part III): 6 Ways to Use Technology in Education to Support Recruitment, Retention and Parental Engagement
- School of the Future (part IV): Implementing the Government’s EdTech Strategy
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This help from educational technology allows teachers to focus on what tech isn’t as good at, that is building strong relationships in classrooms and tailoring delivery to the immediate needs of students. This is at the heart of the UK Government’s EdTech Strategy – well worth downloading and reading!
7 top tips for your school
- Use the great content resources out there to train your teachers as well as your students.
You’ve probably come across content-rich online courses such as Your Favourite Teacher and recommended them to students. But they’re also a great way of helping your teachers quickly get up to speed with new courses or topic areas.
- Use assessment tools that adapt to the progress of individual learners.
Teachers have spent years creating complex spreadsheets to log progress and are increasingly being asked to produce individual learning interventions. However, tools such as Tassomai are taking this burden from teachers by providing personalised revision and assessment programmes that allow teachers to continually monitor progress.
- Outsource and reduce marking time.
In some subjects, marking homework can be reduced to almost zero. Perhaps the most obvious subject is Maths, with many schools now using apps such as MyMaths or Mathletics.
- Think laterally and move to comparative marking.
Other subjects such as English require more subjective marking. But one of the UK’s highest profile EdTech start-ups, No More Marking, is looking to solve this through ‘comparative marking’ – arguing that it is much faster to compare and rank pieces of work rather than marking them individually.
- Encourage students to seek online support and ask questions rather than delivering extra lessons. Schools often run revision lessons in the run up to SATs and external exams which have little impact on student learning. It’s much better to give them a list of online support resources such as FuseSchool and ask them to create a list of questions that can be quickly answered during the course.
- Record and share lessons.
With greater use of video in classrooms, it’s easier than ever to capture key parts of lessons where new ideas are introduced and solutions scaffolded. Linking systems like our Lessonvu one to virtual learning environments such as Moodle allows students to review missed lessons as well as going over areas they were less confident in.
- Outsource homework administration.
How much time do teachers spend reminding students about homework, chasing work and then entering results into multiple spreadsheets? Educational technology is a huge help here – with apps such as Show My Homework10 letting students find out what they have to do (and even if they ‘forget their passwords’ they can see their homework!).
These are just some ideas that can be easily implemented at the teacher level, with an almost instant payback.
“The take away message is that schools should think about how they are adapting to the future trends and ways to work more efficiently, taking advantage of evidence-proven technologies available out there”.
ONVU Learning is a pioneer in the use of 360-degree video recording for lesson observation, used for teacher training and development, called Lessonvu. We have spent the last couple of years working closely with our partner schools to improve Lessonvu and make sure that it works – evidence can be found on our case studies and report page. Get in touch with the ONVU Learning team to discover how Lessonvu can help your school stay ahead of the CPD game, helping recruit and keep the best teachers.