School leaders and teachers around the globe share similar challenges, including attracting new students and enhancing retention and attainment rates. During the ECIS Leadership Conference this week, we met with educators from more than 10 countries to discuss the future of international education.
We are delighted to share a round-up of 3 hot EdTech topics debated:
#1 Addressing different learning styles.
An engaging and motivating learning environment helps students succeed. With EdTech gaining prominence in the classroom, today’s learning space and the advantages it offers differ greatly from what students and teachers experienced just a few decades ago. Students realise several advantages when allowed to progress at their own pace—learning occurs in a safe, structured virtual environment, with appropriate content delivered to each student, tailored for different ability levels within a class or group. In language learning, for instance, this allows students to focus on their individual speaking skill, and when they experience success based on technology-based pronunciation feedback, their speaking confidence increases.
Teachers also benefit, gaining new opportunities to work with individual students as well as specific groups. Whether students are in gifted and talented programmes, or need additional individualised attention to overcome a specific learning challenge, EdTech gives teachers flexibility to respond to these valuable teaching opportunities. Teachers can monitor learning progress in real time as students move through lessons and activities. This ability to track and measure performance instantly provides teachers critical tools to identify student strengths and weaknesses, and respond accordingly.
#2 Selecting the right tools.
New approaches to teaching and learning are not in short supply. So it is important to choose the right tools to make the most of the EdTech advantage. Does the company with a new, attractive technology solution have a successful track record in education? Is it a brand that has proven experience working with educators? The ability to receive continuous support is vital when implementing a technology-based learning solution—for students, teachers, and programme administrators.
Once an effective learning model has been chosen, providing training and development to teachers is critical to ensure their buy-in. The most beneficial EdTech solutions complement teachers and their classroom programmes, and giving teachers access to new programmes before students begin results in greater confidence in the model by both teachers and students.
Of course, the ability to extend learning beyond the classroom is a key EdTech benefit. Ensure that mobile apps bundled with your new learning solution automatically sync up student progress wherever it occurs, on any system or device. Begin with simple in-class exercises to build student confidence, then extend program access to after school programs and homework. Laying the right groundwork helps create a successful fully blended learning model.
#3 Achieving increased results.
With language skills in demand in our increasingly connected world, EdTech solutions provide clear language-learning advantages in and beyond the classroom. World/foreign language teachers say that technology in the classroom allows them to customise instruction for individual student needs, and more easily assess their progress. In fact, 50% use technology to create interactive world language lessons, allowing them to control the content, whilst students control their learning pace.
The combination of effective training and adequate resources sets the stage for superior learning. Fifty percent of world language teachers say students are more motivated to learn with the use of digital tools. EdTech offers anytime, anywhere access to learning, and so increases the time students spend engaged with the language—a critical component of language learning. Many schools extend access to the language program used by students to teachers and parents, expanding the opportunity for the entire school community to engage in a new language with confidence.
To learn more about how international schools have already implemented technology-based learning as part of their curriculum, visit RosettaStone.co.uk/Schools/CustomerStories.