Nov 6, 2022
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2022 House of #EdTech Smackdown! Coming
in episode 215 - Submit your entry by December 9,
EdTech Thought (3:30)
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EdTech Recommendation (7:16)
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Featured Content (8:38)
- When It Comes to Picking
Edtech, Are Schools Listening to Teachers?
- When your school or district decides to
invest in and make a new edtech product available, the goal is to
transform student learning and add value to their experiences in
- But where in the process do you fit in? If
you're a teacher what, if any, is your role? And how much say do
you—or should you—have in edtech decisions?
- In a survey released earlier this year, the
edtech company Clever found that 85 percent of administrators say
teachers are involved in choosing tools. When the company asked
teachers, more than 60 percent said they were hardly ever—or
never—involved in those choices.
- So which is it?
- Do You Have a Seat at the
- Is there
enough teacher voice in the edtech selection process?
Well first, teachers aren't the people in a position to spend
district resources and sign contracts with vendors. At a
fundamental level, this puts distance between the companies and the
teachers. #2...when it comes to purchasing #edtech focus is usually on the tech
and not the education. So your tech personnel is usually more
involved because the tech needs to work before it can be used to
- Striking a
- So how
do we find that balance? A major obstacle is that teachers, and
I've been guilty of this, don't always see the big picture and have
that birds-eye view. Think data security, FERPA, &
and districts can easily involve teachers by running pilot programs
before widespread adoption and implementation. Let some teachers
kick the tires with their students and get feedback. This makes
perfect sense because at a basic level people want to be heard and
valued and if technology is just being mandated then, teachers
don't feel heard or valued.
of mandates...that's not always the best idea. Making everyone use
one specific tool isn't always what's good for everyone. Choice and
options are powerful.
- Who Gets a
- Typically it's people out of the classroom
who have the most say. Sometimes that's completely valid. There are
plenty of organizations, certifications, and degrees that can give
a person the knowledge to make those decisions and have a lot of
pull in the conversations.
- But if a
person is all books smart and not street smart - and by street
smart I mean 5 or more years of classroom experience - then their
opinion and POV don't hold as much water - in my
- Technology can make a teacher's life easier
but it will never replace us and there is no magic pill that will
solve all edtech issues. So beware of those that sell this brand of
- Feeling Left
key challenge is that schools and districts often make purchases
meant to support all teachers, even though the needs of teachers
vary widely by subject matter and grade level.
Phys. Ed. Teachers!
- Can you
think of another subject area that benefits less from edtech in
- It might
even be true that there is more technology available to assist a PE
teacher than in any other subject area.
you imagine a Peloton lab in your middle or hs where students could
differentiate their fitness based on their individual health goals
- We have
the ability easily collect health and fitness data but when was the
last time the phys ed dept was involved in the edtech decision
leaving some teachers behind.
- Collaboration From the
- How do
we get collaboration from the start?
- Well if
you're in a small school setting then it's really easy to get
- But what
if you're in a district with 12 schools, 1500 teachers, and over
10,000 students? Or a district that's larger than
buy-in has to come from the ground up.
content area needs to have a voice and advocate for its
and district officials need to work with classroom teachers and
talk honestly about their edtech needs.
- We have
committees for just about everything so if there isn't one, there
should be an # edtech-related committee in each
school that has a seat at the table and is valued in the edtech
What is the edtech selection process like
for you? What role do you get to play in the process where you
Just Give It A Try (17:23)
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- Twitter Question
Lister (@Mr_Lister) to @houseofedtech Hey Chris, I'm a
teacher-librarian in a k-5 school and a beginner podcaster with
kids in school. Last school year we created an internal podcast,
but this year we feel like we can branch out. What free service
would you use when interviewing remote guests?
House of #EdTech VIP (21:19)
- Ashley Gable, Birmingham, AL - https://twitter.com/AshleyGableEDU
- Technology Integration Specialist, DLP
Coach, Lover of literature, organization, & crafting...Passionate
about Teaching & Learning