7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

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by TeachThought Staff

Ed note: This post has been updated with an updated visual from Sylvia Duckworth, who took our graphic from alwaysprepped.com (now getalma) post and created the above visual. It is also sporting a new title, as the “habits of” is a trademarked term. As such, the new graphic and phrasing appears below. You can also see Sylvia’s tutorial on sketchnotes here.

In most ways, teachers that use technology in the classroom aren’t much different than those that don’t.

Any teacher worth their salt assesses, and then revises planned instruction based on data from those assessments.

They manage their classroom in a way that works for them, create a positive learning environment, and (great teachers especially) collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to make sure every humanly possible attempt is made to meet all students need.

They care about learning more than tools, people more than curriculum, and questions more than answers.

But using technology in the classroom–and using it effectively–might require some slight adjustments on the part of the teacher to sustain the effort, creative problem-solving, and innovation required to actually improve learning through the use of technology. (And great administrators, too.) This occurs at the belief level–what teachers believe about technology, education, and their own abilities to manage technology.

Looking at the characteristics of teachers that effectively use technology in the classroom, then, can be useful to create an “edtech” mindset–one that believes in purpose, adaptation, change, and meaningful planning. If you spend your time planning at the upper limits of the SAMR model, this graphic may simply work as a quick reminder of how edtech can work–and work well–at the teacher-human-belief level.

For everyone else, it’s a a beautiful starting point to frame your thinking about education technology in general.

7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

1. They always start with the why

2. They are malleable and can easily adapt

3. They embrace change

4. They share

5. They think win-win

6. They are thorough and think ahead

7. They actively care

7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

  • 7 Generation Games

    Great post about technology in the classroom, but what about outside of the classroom? How can teachers effectively distribute class material through technology as homework or a class project? In this sense, I believe that teachers need to think more than solely two steps ahead. Technology, can and will, exceed outside of the classroom and all teachers need to be prepared for the movement. How can we, as society, then encourage our educators to change and adapt to the new learning ecosystem?

  • David McCuistion

    This is a good article, which depicts several concepts about teachers using technology in the classroom. Tell me, just what does “using technology in the classroom” really mean?

    I have been using technology in the classroom for the past ten years, with great success I might add. Now I am beginning to hear that what I have been doing is not classified in the modern-day sense of technology in the classroom.

    Thanks for the enlightenment.

  • http://www.cnintech.com/ HelenHe

    Effective use of technology is supposed to simplify teaching, enhance interactivity with the students and contribute to the students’ learning achievements.

  • Michelle Moore

    I love this visual!

  • A. Pdgog

    I think those are qualities of any caring and effective teacher, lol!

  • http://blogs.ihes.com/tech-elt/ Tom Walton

    Can a teacher really be effective if it’s all about “they”, “they”, “they” (i.e. the teacher)? A tutor of mine once advised me to plan the lesson not in terms of what I was going to but what my learners were going to do, and I’d suggest we ought to be doing the same with technology. It’s not about how I use it to teach, but how they use it to learn — that’s effective!

    The tutorial linked to in the Ed’s note is excellent, however!