Posted July 11, 2018 08:21:49Teachers can’t take advantage of every piece of technology, and teachers should embrace their “smart” learning tools, the US Department, Education, and the Media have announced.
The new guidelines, published today by the department’s Department of education, make it clear that schools can’t use any “fads” and “tricks” to teach technology to students, including “digital video conferencing,” and instead “encourage and encourage students to explore their learning, interact with one another, and create meaningful work with a supportive teacher.”
They also warn against any “trivialization of technology and the ability to use technology in ways that are not aligned with learning.”
The guidelines also explicitly exclude “digital audio recording devices” such as smartphones and tablets, and encourage teachers to consider the “potential impact on students’ ability to learn.”
“Teachers need to understand the potential benefits and risks associated with using technology, including the impact on learning, and work with their students and the communities they serve to make informed decisions about the technology they use,” the department said in a statement.
“They need to also understand the benefits and harms of not using technology.”
The department also said teachers should “assess their students’ abilities and skills in the context of their learning style and educational needs” and that they “should engage in a thoughtful and informed conversation about learning.”
Teachers are also encouraged to take into account “the impact on student learning, as well as the importance of ensuring that students are exposed to all of the tools they need to learn, including technology.”