By Phin Upham
Teachers are finding their role in the classroom is changing year after year. Technology has introduced a host of new methods to teach children, and that’s led more teachers to integrate technology into the classroom. It’s not a one-step process, but with a bit of foresight technology can be a huge benefit to students of all ages.
Prepare a Curriculum
Like any other lesson plan, coming to school with an idea of what you’re going to teach is crucial. Schools that develop realistic goals for students, such as improving math skills or introducing a coding program, tend to have a better response than schools that offer kids free computers to use. Without some form of guidance, technology can end up being a major problem in the classroom. To keep students from distraction, it’s on teachers to come prepared to teach. Ultimately, technology should improve the efficiency of time across the school.
Involve the Students
Technology doesn’t just mean a high definition projector, smart whiteboard or laptops on every desk. Students need to be involved in the process of creating with that technology. This opens the door for projects involving multimedia, eBooks, pictures and more. Geography class can become a lot more interesting with interactive maps that outline where kids hope to visit in their lifetimes.
Teachers Need to Lead
The role of teacher is no longer to fill heads with information, it’s more about facilitating the discussion. Teachers have become more like guides on a child’s education journey. Fortunately, better data collection means more schools equip their teachers to reach out to under achievers and address their specific needs.
About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or LinkedIn page.