Teachers are now much more confident in using educational technology (EdTech) than they were pre-pandemic, a new survey shows.
The findings from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology reveals that two-thirds of teachers are now very or extremely confident in their EdTech abilities – an all-time high since the annual survey was first conducted seven years ago.
The confidence boost probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise given teachers were thrown into the deep end in March 2020, with lockdown forcing all teaching online.
While there were undoubtedly teething problems, 95% of teachers reported that they appreciated the benefits of EdTech, while 77% believe that tech will help them be more effective in their job post-pandemic.
However, more than half (57%) of teachers said they had to battle with a lack of student engagement with technology.
Coming out the other side of the pandemic, teachers are concerned about students’ social-emotional needs, with 57% of respondents expecting these needs to be heightened. But, 82% of teachers believe a well-crafted, fully integrated social-emotional learning (SEL) program would go a fair way to supporting students.
Commenting on the survey, HMH CEO Jack Lynch calls for a “best-of-both-worlds approach that fuses the power of technology with the tried-and-true social gathering of the classroom” moving forward – a complementary blend of “high-tech” and “high-touch”.
“Technology alone will not usher in education’s new era,” he added. “It is critical that we leverage digital solutions with a community-oriented, connected and human mindset.”
There are parallels here with recruitment. Technology has a vital role to play in ensuring you get the best teaching talent.
Our award-winning technology, School Recruiter, enables you to design your own online application form and receive 'one-click' applications, so you can engage the best candidates before other schools make their move.
However, there needs to be plenty of “high touch” elements in your recruitment or candidates will struggle to build an affinity with your school.