In the last several years, Education Technology, or simply “EdTech” has put itself on the map in the world of education, both nationally and internationally. At the forefront of innovative companies worldwide, EdTech companies are leading the transformation of learning practices, putting them at the top of government agendas, working with education thought leaders and institutions to re-evaluate the role of traditional teaching methods, and ensuring a smooth transition in the implementation of EdTech.
Despite your field or industry of work, staying open to change necessitates staying updated on current and future trends. Assumption College ensures that education majors are well prepared in courses like Science and Technology in the Elementary Classroom.
In this course, students draw from contemporary teaching and learning theories to design and implement effective science and technology lessons for elementary school children. Some of these things include:
1) Identifying appropriate science and technology content relative to grade level;
2) Developing inquiry-based lessons to foster children’s conceptual learning;
3) Developing different lesson-planning techniques and formats that utilize new technology in the classroom;
4) Identifying varied ways of assessing children’s learning. Significant attention throughout is given to understanding what it means to “do science” and how to help elementary children appreciate a scientific way of knowing about the world. Lesson design and teaching is aligned with the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.
Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy said in an interview with Fast Company, “If technology can take some of that passivity out of the classroom, if it can off-load some of the stuff that the teacher has to do, it liberates the teacher and peers to interact with each other. The role of technology is, how can we free up that time?”
Saving time is amongst numerous other EdTech benefits: An exponential increase in the reach of education, offering free or subsidized education, increasing student engagement and improving the way students retain and apply information. These can all be accomplished by providing innovative learning tools for schools, students, educators and even organizations.
An article in Forbes highlights 12 companies shaping the course of education in 2015 including DonorsChoose, which connects donors to teachers for school project funding. It is expected to grow into a platform for public schools to voice important matters. DonorsChoose has raised more than $225 million for small to large-scale projects. Donors on their list include Bill and Melinda Gates.
Forbes also mentions Kaltura, a platform to share open-source online videos. Amongst a plethora of uses, teachers can incorporate videos in the classroom; administrators can promote and guide potential students, as well as existing administrative facilities.