Curriculums, pedagogy and tools are constantly evolving. Ensuring teachers are confident and can keep pace with change is key to maintaining the delivery of effective teaching and learning for students – which is why training is so important.
This is particularly true of technology, where the right training has the potential to transform its use within lessons, support engagement and help to save teachers’ valuable time.
But with teachers’ busy schedules, how can training be made more accessible?
The power of collaboration
This last year, teachers have relied on technology more than ever before. Social media has emerged as a great source of information with support coming from a like-minded community of individuals. Seeking inspiration and best practice advice, teachers can share resources, skills and expertise with others to navigate the changes and uncertainties together.
Social media is a great place to share and engage with other educators. Using hashtags on Facebook, following edtech thought-leaders or sharing own ideas on your channels, can help to reach new and existing communities, discuss lessons learned and find out how others have overcome challenges of engagement.
The timing of training
We know that your time is incredibly valuable, so bitesize training sessions, or advice and guidance that can be reached anywhere, at any time can be very helpful.
Using online education platforms that deliver best practice advice for utilising technology in lessons, or remote sessions, can improve confidence and help to discover new ways of working with technology. This can also help you to bolster student engagement by effectively using technology to encourage participation and engagement, wherever learning takes place.
Discovering new ways of delivering lessons can not only engage students with new tools, but in some cases, digital resources can make lesson preparation that little bit easier! Educator blogs, or bitesize manufacturer ‘How-To’ videos, can help you uncover new ways of using technology at a time that suits you.
More than technology
While developing competency in technology use is a current priority, your wellbeing must also be protected and reducing workload pressures is integral to this.
Training that goes beyond technological and curriculum focus can support you to manage workloads and reduce pressure. Skills such as mindfulness, crisis management, critical thinking and creativity can help to deliver effective and engaging lessons while safeguarding and protecting your wellbeing.
There is a lot of advice online that has been specifically designed to help you manage and protect your mental wellbeing. Taking time out to read, meditate and appreciate the situation you’re in can help to channel stresses and anxieties, and provide tips and support on how to overcome these in daily life.
As budgets and time are common barriers to regular training, accessing free resources that offer advice and support can help to bridge the gap.
Discussing training and the impact of the pandemic in more detail, Promethean has recently hosted a roundtable of leading educators across the Middle East. To learn more about this, watch the roundtable here: