As we reflect on the past 14 months in education, we all understand the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on students, teachers, and schools in the United States and around the world. With this understanding, we must seek ways in which we, the edtech industry, can add real value to these groups to help them get back on track in today’s and post-pandemic worlds.
While there are many areas where the edtech industry can help, I have identified a few areas where edtech leaders, including myself, can make an immediate and significant difference:
PD to support in-person, hybrid and distance learning
One of the first steps we should take is to ensure that distance learning technology and pedagogy are core areas of professional development (PD). Since a number of today’s edtech products can be used in a physical classroom or online environment, it is essential that their continuing education programs focus on broader topics of technology, and not only on one product. Without the right training or understanding of general concepts, these products will not be as successful.