How Communication Tools have Improved Teacher-Student Engagement in Education
Close your eyes and picture your classroom when you were a student, almost two-three decades back. Make a list of technological things you can remember in the classroom.
- A chalkboard
- Hefty school bags
- Notice Board
- Benches to sit
Now, make the list of technology that you might see when you walked into the classroom today. What is new? The new technologies being used in classrooms are a projector, video cassette player, digital textbooks, smartphone, Internet and social media. Communication technology has dramatically changed the education system all around the world. It has become the part of a teacher’s professional toolbox that facilitates student engagement and improve learning outcome.
On various occasions, the education’s true leaders: teachers and mentors are discussing topics like ‘digital learning’, ‘transformative teaching’, and ‘global connections’.
It is very important for the teachers to have the flexibility to impart knowledge in a way that best encourages the engagement of students. As communication tools play a very crucial role in every aspect of life, let’s understand how to do it and to what extent it transformed the way you think about a subject, learning or life in general.
Unleashing the power of educator’s collaboration
Do you know why some schools are unusually successful while others struggle to survive? Does your school has an ideal learning environment? The answers to these questions are important to maintain the morality and sanity of teachers. High degree of ‘’trust’ among teachers, administrators, students, and parents can inculcate synchronous and asynchronous communication within school walls. These new communication tools are allowing open dialogue for cross-school collaboration. Teachers can show each other how they are innovating the learning process and how students are benefiting from it.
Bring the expert in
How about having a virtual trip to a zoo in China and talking with astronauts from NASA? Video conferencing systems in the classroom allow students to get more engaged in learning in fun and exciting way. Unlike the traditional classroom setting, today, with the help of technology, students can access to experts and experiences from any part of the world. Educators are using video conferencing to connect to a student with experts who offer a new perspective on the topic they are studying.
Communication with Parents
Educators and school trainers need support and buy-in from families and communities, especially when applying restorative practices using a wide range of communication channels. Restorative practices based education system caters to issues like bullying, violence and poor academic performance. Collaborative technology allows educators to discuss student learning with parents and families as needed without having an in-person meeting. Parents and teachers can keep track of student needs, homework, and assignments and even facilitates distance learning due to illness or family situation.
Some parents might not like the use of technology in the classroom. It is your duty as an educator to educate parents about the advantage of digital-savvy pedagogies in the classroom.
Creating more “wow” moments in learning
Every child is different and they learn differently at a different speed. Students need change based on the environment or the people around them.
The teachers who have the flexibility to shape learning environment according to student’s needs, encourage them to make choice, be playful and take decisions. Earlier in traditional classrooms, students use to look at teachers for every answer. Now with the advancement of technology, you can really get connected with kids beyond school hours.
The classroom is not all about books, furniture, and children. It can or should be something more than that. A balanced approach to adopt communication and collaborative tools offered by Office Curry can enhance your school’s public image, student’s learning and community connections. These digital tools can open new ways of learning, thinking and communicating with all member of community.