To improve ed tech, focus on feedback - District Administration

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Automated feedback can supplement in-person instruction by making teachers’ jobs easier while personalizing student experience.

The pandemic seriously tested the state of educational technology. In a lot of respects, it was found wanting. Teachers complained that, even before the pandemic, ed tech was often rolled out without their input and without sufficient training. Students complained that ed tech was impersonal and confusing. And parents grew frustrated with misfiring apps, dropped connections, and lost learning.

As students — hopefully — finally return to their classrooms, some are calling for a serious reappraisal of the role of ed tech in students’ education.

There is certainly a great deal of room for improvement, but as we rethink the role of ed tech in a post-pandemic world, it’s worth focusing on what works well in the field and building on it.

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