While educational technology can be a powerful tool in equipping students with the core skills they will need for the continually changing workplace of the future, closing the educational gap involves much more than merely buying laptops or smartboards and dropping the gear into classrooms.
Educational software can fundamentally transform teaching techniques, classroom experiences and learning opportunities.
But, school leaders and educators must thoughtfully integrate hardware and software use into the curriculum and set out clear aims for educational technology to see the educational gap close in their classrooms.
Innovative curriculums and technology education – Building the skills for success
Innovative school leaders and educators are integrating educational technology into the existing curriculum in ways that will vastly improve student outcomes. The use of educational technology is becoming a necessity for schools who aim to emphasise the development of cognitive skills demanded by the future workplace.
With the correct use of educational technology, educators can evolve their teaching methods to address students’ unique needs through personal and immersive educational paths.
With this evolution in teaching strategies, it is clear that school communities must band together to redesign the traditional roles of teachers and the function of the classroom in seeking to blend technology into lesson plans successfully.
Instead of diminishing the role of teachers, technology will be the driving force in freeing teachers from conventional techniques.
This means that their time can be spent enabling projects in which students work together, facilitating peer-to-peer learning so students can assist each other and engaging with students in ways that better match the individual’s learning modes.
Educational technology initiatives can create excitement in the classroom and spark interests that lead students to lifelong pursuits while equipping them with the creative and cognitive tools to thrive in the future workforce.
How School Leaders Can Improve Student Outcomes With Educational Technology
School leaders are uniquely positioned to implement educational technology that will transform how children develop essential skills for the future workplace. Obstacles to this task are limited budgets as well as the challenge of building and sustaining community support for technology investments and curriculum reform that will integrate technology.
By introducing digital devices and educational software, students and teachers are easily connected to information and experiences around the world. But, the success of these introductions requires a serious plan for buy-in and implementation from staff, parents, students and the other stakeholders in the community.
School leaders can take the lead in integrating educational technology into the curriculum by focusing on the following three objectives:
- Link technology uses to academic priorities by establishing goals and expectations for students, teachers and staff.
- Research approaches to maximise the value of educational technology and empower students in new ways.
- Understand and advocate the value of investment (VOI) in the digital redesign of classrooms.
The use of educational technology to close the gap in skills required for the future workplace needs to be a priority for all school leaders, teachers and parents, and the driving force behind this integration should be strategic planning to ensure the success of the evolution in the classroom.