The Internet of Things (IoT) and new technologies drive teacher collaboration
Are you looking for a way to use technology to transform the way you teach? How about sharing that vision with your state’s teachers? Now’s your chance.
Across the nation, educators, companies, and entrepreneurs are exploring the possibilities of teacher collaboration and bridging digital divides.
“By embracing technology, we can guide teachers to better prepare students to excel in the 21st century,” said John E. Stith, president and CEO of the Society for Scholastic Education (SSE), in collaboration with the National Council of State Legislatures.
Through SSE, SSE’s Minnesota chapter recently released “Going Digital!” a free resource to connect teachers across the state. Minnesota teachers can sign up for SSE’s school webinars or attend one of the sessions, which were created in collaboration with education companies.
We envision a digitally focused classroom where digital textbooks are replaced by smart tablets that teachers can use to create, edit, and discuss their lessons, books, and Web resources.
Teachers can connect with one another and with educational companies using SSE’s webinars, virtual workshops, and one-on-one coaching. In addition, educators can access the NCSL Learn Online Education Skills Online portal to enroll in content and meet industry industry standards.
In recent years, the free digital technology and student technologies helped increase student enrollment in STEM and gifted education; increase engagement of students, especially those from underrepresented populations; and support school climate initiatives to improve learning environments and promote student achievement.
The 2017 Learn Online Education Skills Online Quality Report compiled by National Research Center for the Improvement of STEM Education and the National Science Foundation provided proof: On average, teachers “performed 83 percent as well as their non-teaching peers using three digital technologies and were 12 percent as productive as the best educators,” said Stith.
According to the report, increase or improve student engagement depends on having successful school climate and student engagement, a high-quality STEM education, the alignment of requirements and practices, and rigor.
All of these factors can be served by creating a digital classroom within the classroom. The idea is not to replace the teacher but rather provide more leverage to support the professional development and teacher development that is needed for students to learn.
Going Digital! The Library of Congress has created a physical and digital library that tracks issues related to teacher collaboration, innovation, and inter-professional learning. The “Google for Teacher Solutions” portal now makes it easy for teachers to review and discuss resources for innovative use in their classrooms on a one- to two-page, searchable table with an interactive, pull-down menus.
As discussions intensify about teacher collaboration and classroom communication, the SSE chapters have made it easy for educators to connect with SSE and the national council. The former leads professional development, holds events, and provides professional, community, and professional growth opportunities for teachers throughout the state. The latter uses research-based, cross-state strategies to facilitate connection and innovation between state education leaders and educators.
Stith said, “Our mission at SSE is to help educators to develop professional relationships that will foster innovation and improve learning. It’s an exciting time for educators. Our goal is to help teachers to connect and learn.”
Stream the July 21 webinar, “Preparing Students for the 21st Century,” and learn how SSE and the council can help teachers incorporate digital technologies and high-impact, real-world instruction. If you can’t make it to the webinar, you can also visit SSE’s website, learn.scholastic.org, to access documents and online resources related to learning and learning processes.