Friday, February 8, 2019

Empowering Teachers with Learning Analytics - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The entire topic of data analytics can be intimidating for teachers. There is an understandable reluctance to adopt the latest educational fad, often combined with a discomfort with the mathematical and scientific aspects of the enterprise. The key to making the transition to being a data-savvy teacher is to start small and see how an easy, simple data analytics process can improve classroom outcomes. For example, a teacher could add instant polling applications to their normal slide presentation, using Poll Everywhere or a similar tool, instead of asking one student for the correct answer. Teachers will quickly realize that some problems don’t need review—everyone in the room already understands them. Additionally, they can see precisely which kinds of errors their students make. Errors are not random, but rather reveal misconceptions. With better data, teachers can more easily assess what problems students have and respond to them in real time.

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