Jim Szafranski, CEO of Prezi suggests that teachers will begin to shift their instructional practices from live presentations to pre-recorded segments that can be shared with other educators. He believes that this will allow educators more freedom to address individual needs during classroom time. Erik Heinrich, Education IT leader of the telecommunications company CommScope, asserts that it is time for the nation to “finally realize that connectivity is becoming as important to students' education as their textbooks.”
Finally, Jenn Mitchell, Director, K-12 Product Marketing for Instructure promotes greater school system investment into assessment management systems (AMS) that are designed to provide real-time data concerning student achievement and academic challenges. Schaffhauser's article includes many more insights from today’s technology technology leaders, including the use of robotics to assist with early childhood education. To read the full article, click here.
Hybrid and online instruction presents challenges. Enhancing your workspace can help you to be more comfortable and efficient, while facilitating a more effective educational experience for your students. Here is a list of 4 accommodations for you to consider.
An Extra Device or Monitor - Having additional screens allows you to manage a variety of activities on different screens. You might display your online lesson on a laptop, monitor live chat on a separate monitor, and manage Google Classroom on your tablet device. A Paper Notebook - With multiple tabs open and several programs running, it can be difficult having to switch back and forth in order to find information. Having a paper notebook on your desk can help you to have important information available at a glance. It can also be helpful for taking notes to add to your digital files after your online session. A Natural Light Source - You not only stare at electronic screens during your live instruction; you also spend substantial screen time planning lessons and gathering resources. This can lead to eye strain and headaches. A study conducted by Cornell University found optimal daylight reduces headaches and eyestrain of office workers by 84%. You can achieve this by either setting up your workspace near a window, or using daylight-colored bulbs in your area. A Yoga Mat - The online work environment requires us to remain in stationary positions for extended periods of time. This can lead to a host of health-related problems. According to https://www.mayoclinic.org/, such problems may include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Online and hybrid teaching unlocks instructional possibilities and offers a variety of conveniences for both educators and learners. It is important, however, to approach this new phenomenon with attention to your well being.
Marcil Seals, PhD.
Member of the EBR Educational Technology Team.