Tech Toolbox: Building a Tech Plan
How having a tech plan can ease unexpected transitions between in-person and remote learning while maintaining students’ security and privacy online.
Technology and its importance in the classroom didn’t end with a return to in-person learning. The inclusion of tech in the classroom creates unprecedented access to knowledge, tools, and connectivity for students and teachers, but also introduces the threat of susceptibility.
Having a technology plan in place for your classroom can help prepare students for unexpected transitions between in-person and remote learning. Furthermore, familiarity with your classroom’s tech can protect you and your students from issues with privacy and security. Here are some tips for building a tech plan in your classroom:
Use School-Board-Approved Tools - Ensure that any online cloud services, platforms, and applications that you incorporate in your classroom are approved by your school board and don’t share students’ data and personal information.
Integrate User-Friendly Tech - If you’re having an impossible time navigating a program’s interface, there is a chance your students are too. Implement tech that is engaging and easy to use to avoid creating an overwhelming learning environment.
Consider Tech Logistics - A student’s accessibility plays a major role in keeping them safe online and their ability to engage with technology. Consider what tools your school provides for students when including tech in the classroom and don’t require students to engage with classroom tools on personal computers or devices that aren’t provided by your district.
Don’t Always Rely on Tech - Have a plan in place for when your classroom can’t access technology-oriented tools. Cloud-based services are an incredible tool for hosting lesson plans, student work, and grading but can also encounter issues that make them inaccessible. Finding a healthy balance between tech-integrated and traditional learning methods will also keep students engaged while preparing them for a tech-driven world.
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