Edtech has been pushed into the spotlight over the last fortnight as teachers have used incredible initiative and creativity to re-purpose online apps and provide students with material and resources to continue their education at home.

Microsoft Teams, Zoom and a host of other curriculum and administrative systems are being used to provide continuity of learning and keep children engaged with their school and their education.

Now, at the end of the first 2 weeks of school closures we’ve all learned a lot. Not just students, but teachers, schools and parents. We’re in awe of the effort schools and teachers have made at short notice. But as the weeks roll on, it’s a fair assumption that students, teachers and parents will become increasingly frustrated and impatient at having to switch between a host of different systems.

The growing issue for schools and specifically school leaders, is that most existing edtech tools fall into one of three categories:

  • They're built to deliver curriculum content only
  • They're administration & processes driven
  • They're business tools adapted for education use

This results in complicated systems for students, parents and teachers to
navigate and limits the extent to which teachers can recreate the benefits of a
holistic classroom experience for students.

For remote teaching to be effective, the next step for schools is to consider
how best they can create a classroom environment remotely and thus facilitate teachers to be at their most effective. The solution to this is to provide an online experience via a single app that enables teachers to teach as if in their classrooms, whilst still working remotely. For instance, a tool that combines functionality such as integrated video conferencing, class chat, resource sharing, assignment setting, safeguarding features and individual student feedback – all in one place.

The advantage for school leaders in implementing such a system, aside from the improved opportunities for quality of teaching and learning, is that teachers will find it much easier to engage with students as the weeks move on, with less drop-off in terms of student access. It also becomes easier to keep track of what’s happening and to retain control of procedures, as there’s no necessity to bring together data from several different tools.

And of course remote learning technology isn’t just for school closures: the
time-saving benefits of easy marking and feedback; smart resource sharing,
and straightforward ways to communicate with students will aid in reducing
teacher workload when schools return to normal service.

To see how this new generation of classroom technology is helping schools
navigate closures - ask for a demonstration of Sparkjar.