Striking a balance between effective in-person and virtual learning is one of the most harrowing challenges faced by teachers coming out of the pandemic. Whether they’re tackling innovative teaching styles, new curricula, or disruptive technologies, these occurrences stretched some teachers past their limits to meaningfully serve their students.
Virtual learning, alone, created new challenges that heightened teachers’ feelings of stress and burnout. Educators struggled to keep students engaged using digital platforms with little to no time to get accustomed to remote learning practices.
Plus, most teachers would say that adjusting to a virtual and hybrid learning environment increased both their workload and how difficult it was to manage it. A Rand Corporation survey found that teachers’ working hours increased during the pandemic and compounded stress, a common contributor to low teacher retention rates.
Some challenges faced by teachers can likely be attributed to a scarcity of helpful resources, including school-supplied technological. So, what can administrators do to support teachers and keep them focused more on teaching quality and less on menial tasks?
By embracing integrated software. Here is how EdTech solutions can lead to saving time and preventing teacher burnout in the long-run:
1. More Efficient Task Management
Automation in teaching can downscale managerial tasks for both teachers and administrators. With attendance, for example, students can easily log into class and be accounted for with an automatic tracking system. EdTech also affords teachers more time for lesson planning by providing tools that automatically grade assignments in bulk.
2. More Intuitive Interface Design
Making software more user-friendly means reducing the learning curve on the length of time on adjusting to remote learning. Whether grading or mapping lesson plan standards, the intuitive design also reduces the number of clicks it takes to get those tasks done. That feature helps students and teachers.
3. More Integrated Functions
Increased integration of managerial tools also helps reduce the time needed to complete tasks. Integration will also lower the number of portals, log-ins, and tabs teachers need access to on a daily basis. The integrated software will also create more data that is usually siloed across various platforms, then display and analyze it in one place.
4. More Personalized Learning Experiences
By using task automation, administrators can help teachers create personalized experiences that improve student performance. The software allows teachers to present lessons based on students’ progress and monitor their engagement levels with online learning activities. Not only will this help educators identify problem areas for students, but it will also help them gauge the transparency of learning modules.
5. More Time to Teach
Automated grading and lesson planning mean less time dealing with mind-numbing tasks and more time for teaching in a short class period. The software allows administrators to approve lesson plans faster and students to receive them sooner. Online assignments can also be created quickly with tools that filter out chapters and sections for teachers who need to teach lessons.
Virtual learning will probably never replace the traditional classroom, but it will still lighten the challenges faced by teachers and students. Investing in integrated EdTech solutions will provide teachers with the support they need to remain productive, focused, and dedicated to the job at hand.
Need to know how to save teachers time? Visit Integrate School to schedule a demo and learn more about how our EdTech software creates an effective learning environment.