Discovering what Teachers Want [Infographic]

May 5, 2014
by Jordan Taylor

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Perhaps the biggest takeaway from “Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Learning Tools” is the reality that a discourse gap persists between teachers and product developers.

Teachers understand the value of technology in the classroombut developers need to be more proactive in seeking feedback, suggestions, and insights from both teachers and students. Developers also need to do a better job of effectively communicating the intrinsic value of their platformsdemonstrating how the anatomy of their tools will benefit classroom workflow and learning outcomes.   

Transforming student learning outcomes…

isn’t easy. This is also true when it comes to changing teachers’ perspectives on what’s useful and what’s effective. Of the six broad recommendations offered in the report survey, these three stand out:

  • Spend more time in classrooms to understand teacher and student workflow and which use cases matter most to them.
  • Ask teachers and students for their perceptions of which instructional tools are most effective and why.
  • Pay attention to how and where teachers find out about products.

*There’s also: “Prioritize product features that facilitate the six instructional purposes teachers are most looking for help from digital products”; we did our best to outline what we have to offer with respect to these six instructional purposes in “Teachers Know Best: How Snapwiz is Meeting Digital Instruction Needs.”

Discovering what Teachers Need from Digital Instruction Tools

This infographic was inspired by The Bill & Melinda Gates recent survey reportand Scholastic’s Primary Sources 3rd Edition.

 

Discovering What Teachers Want

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