Here are three of the latest and trending U.S. education and edtech news subjects from July 2022.
1. Combatting the teacher shortage: Supporting educators
The ongoing teacher shortage and teacher absenteeism has been affecting schools since the beginning of the pandemic. According to new federal data, in 2021-22, 49 percent of schools had higher chronic teacher absenteeism than the previous school year.
As the 2022-23 school year approaches, educational leaders are looking into methods to counteract the ongoing teacher shortage and increased absenteeism. In addition to seeking ways to attract new teachers into the field, they are also investing in current teachers to make sure they are properly equipped and supported. One such example of teacher investment is providing increased access to professional development opportunities. Providing professional development opportunities to teachers encourages growth in their careers and equips them with the skills needed to be effective in the classroom.
2. Remodeling classrooms with new technology
While students and teachers learned to pivot to hybrid and remote settings in recent years, edtech has emerged as the lifeline that helped them collaborate and connect in a variety of settings. Now that many schools across the country have transitioned back to full-time, in-person learning, teachers and educational leaders are updating classrooms and prioritizing effective, practical edtech that can be integrated into lesson planning.
This is accomplished by replacing legacy technology that is outdated and can no longer be updated. New innovative edtech is multi-purposeful for teachers and students, and gives them access to new tools like screen-sharing and enhanced annotation. With these new tools, teachers can provide engaging, adaptable learning lessons for students at the press of a button.
3. Choosing the right AI for your classroom
The increased presence of technology in the classroom has introduced innovations like AI-powered digital assistants, and voice-controlled tools to assist teachers in daily instruction. Without the proper introduction and training, these technologies can make an inaccurate first impression as intimidating and complex, so teachers must be informed when exploring AI tools.
Key features that teachers and educational leaders should seek when considering AI edtech services include tools that promote freedom in teaching and creativity in lesson plan development, and increase interactions between students. These criteria will help transform the learning experience for students and provide support for teachers.