At OpenClass, we firmly believe:
> Ed tech tools — including online education solutions — are necessary to meet the changing demands of today’s students. Using 21st century technology is key to ensuring students learn 21st century skills.
> Educators are the core champions of ed tech. They are often the ones who tout the merits of these tools to students, parents, administrators, and peers as well as ensure that technology gets into students’ hands.
> Once educators secure ed tech for their classroom, school, or district, it’s often up to them to integrate it into the curriculum. That requires them to learn the technology, figure out how to get students to connect with it, and then police its in-class use among students.
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But beyond being the classroom technology ringleaders, educators are also the creators of the best 21st century curriculum. We can’t forget that tools are just tools — they’re nothing if the content they present is outdated, lackluster, or just plain boring. Educators are the ones who dream up interactive quizzes and design projects that help students make discoveries and inferences that translate to the real world. In short, educators are the creative spark that makes ed tech shine.
Lastly, devices can’t tell if a student is having a bad day or is overwhelmed. They can’t advise and coach students to perform at their best or explain to parents what it is that a student needs to succeed. They also can’t build up confidence or give firm constructive criticism — only educators can do these things.
The ongoing dialogue and relationship between educator and student is invaluable and special. Technology can’t diminish that, and in fact only reaffirms how much educators matter.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the ongoing importance of educators, especially in today’s tech-crazed world. Please comment below.