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The future of digital in the classroom: what does it look like?

Share your thoughts on where you would like digital to be to improve your teaching.

Image by Biswajit Patra
Image by Biswajit Patra
19 Mar 2018
Written by Marc Bloch
Teaching using paper worksheets in a classroom can be so simple. I think about a teacher handing out worksheets for students to write their names on, complete and hand back to be marked. So why does technology often make this process much more complicated?

My starting point was thinking about the costs and benefits of making the swap to using classroom technology and today I want to talk a little about those costs and what we need to do as developers to minimise those costs. I think sometimes we get so distracted by the benefits that technology can bring that we don’t put enough effort into minimising the costs.

For example, most students (secondary school) will carry a smartphone with them to school, so why not get them to use this for learning? Do we really need a specific technology, or should we just use what is already there?

On a digital platform, do we need to log on? Students constantly forget their passwords; a great excuse for them to ‘forget’ to do their homework. But what if just the teacher had a login? If all of the students could be added automatically if they were in Bluetooth range? It would save time and prevent excuses such as ‘I forgot my password, so couldn’t do the homework.’

Comment below how you value digital technology in the classroom and the changes you would like to see in the products you currently use.

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