There has been a proliferation in the availability of digital tools for classrooms in recent years. The options are vast and exciting and the pace of innovation does not seem to be slowing down.
To understand teachers’ attitudes toward the use of these digital tools in the classroom, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveyed more than 3,100 teachers and compiled the results in the report, “Teachers Know Best.”
In our first blog on Teacher’s Choice, we explored a report finding about the importance of engaging teachers in the decision making process around digital tools. As an end user, teachers have tremendous insight into what will work with their students and it is critical that teachers voice their opinions in the process.
Reflecting on her experiences with implementing digital tools, one teacher in the report stated, “Digital resources tend to be ‘one size fits all.’ A more flexible approach would be welcome.”
In addition to being flexible when choosing digital tools (for example, being open to implementing more than one tool), it’s also important to note whether an individual program includes features that can be “mix and matched” for different types of learners and implementation strategies. For example, does the program put a student on a learning pathway? If so, are there ways to veer off this pathway so that teachers can use the program to help support current classroom content?
Other things to consider when it comes to the flexibility of a program:
- Lessons: Do students have to progress through lessons in order?
- Instruction: How does the program approach instruction? Are students required to watch videos? Can teacher’s select videos to allow students to preview content before class, review content from previous years, or refresh material when struggling with a homework assignment?
- Problem Solving: Does the program engage students in the problem solving process? What does support look like when a student is struggling? As one Knowre teacher noted, “[Our previous program] would show the worked-out solution after the student submitted an answer, but if a student didn’t understand the explanation the first time, getting the same explanation the second or tenth time was no better.”
Knowre Gives Teachers the Power of Choice
Knowre’s open world environment gives teachers the freedom to decide which lessons students work on and in what order. Teachers choose from over 200 lessons to review past skills, practice current content, or preview upcoming topics.See how other teachers have successfully chosen to implement Knowre. Then, request a free trial to try the program with your students first hand.