By Sylvia R. Quigley: Like every school district across the country, Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District has been continually upgrading and expanding our technology since the pandemic hit in March 2020. As a result, our instructional technology team has spent countless hours helping educators navigate unfamiliar resources. To their credit, our teachers and staff have responded with aplomb — not only learning the mechanics of critical tools like Clever and Zoom, but leveraging them to actually improve instruction.
And we’re not alone.
Across the country, educators are experiencing “lightbulb moments” of realizing the technology they used during the pandemic is making them better teachers in brick-and-mortar classrooms. They’ve deployed randomized questions to prevent cheating on tests. They’ve received instantaneous feedback during lessons to gauge whether students are “getting it.” They now understand that no matter what their classroom looks like, those tools can make them much more effective and efficient in their instruction.
Those aren’t the only benefits of the new culture of ed tech. Here are four other benefits that will remain with us for the foreseeable future:
1. It offers options to families and teachers