How Technology Impacts K-12 Teachers
We often talk about the advantages of technology in different walks of life but what we hear seldom is how it can help teachers save their time and energy — which could be directed towards better planning and learning opportunities for children. There is a lot of potential for how can the entire teaching spectrum can be transformed and in this blog, we are going to talk about it.
As a matter of fact, the teaching profession is under constant pressure. The demand for working hours for teachers is increasing as a result of the administrative and paperwork burden. According to a recent survey, teachers are working an average of 50 hours a week. This number has increased by 3 percent over the past five years according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Teaching and Learning.
Those who take teaching as their profession definitely enjoying their work because this is what they opted for, nonetheless, they don’t enjoy the late-night and tiring papers marking, formulating lesson plans, etc. The situation is getting worst every year and many teachers are backing off from their services. In this situation, existing and emerging technologies can help teachers save time and energy and do their jobs better and more proficiently.
According to research, 20 to 40 percent of current teacher hours are spent on activities that can be easily automated by making use of existing technology. There are approximately 13 hours per week that teachers could use towards different activities that can result in a higher teacher satisfaction rate and increased students’ learning.
How technology can aid teachers:
The areas where technology can help teachers are:
Development of state-aligned curriculum
Supplementary aids for teaching
Augmented Reality Curriculum
Administration, evaluation, and coaching based on Artificial Intelligence
We are not denying the fact that technology has the least potential to cover the areas where teachers are required to directly engage with students. But it is worth pausing here to realize that technology can enable teachers to invest their time in one-to-one activities with kids in a better way.
In today’s fast-paced world, where children are already exposed to technology, it’s much needed to introduce them to technology-rich teaching content and personalized blended learning. It’s a great idea to integrate effective software that links to student-learning goals within the curriculum and train teachers to analyze and improve the evaluation and feedback.
What teachers can do with the time they save by using technology?
The answer is simple. They can hopefully invest some of the time to spend with their families and their communities, thus increasing the number of happy teachers and the attraction of teaching as a profession. Other than that, much of the time saved, however, can be used to improve education through more personalized learning and