As K-12 leadership struggles to retain high-quality teachers, giving educators a voice and choice regarding which EdTech gets adopted is one crucial way to support them.
To win back more time for educators to focus on lesson planning or expand what they can get done in a day, K-12 administrators should develop an EdTech selection process that offers a feedback loop. To boost job satisfaction, administrators should aim to keep educators informed and give them a voice. To start, K-12 administrators can create surveys for educators to share tools they’ve discovered that others might find beneficial. Also, when administrators find a promising educational solution, they could have a group of volunteer teachers test run and report back their findings before considering a school-wide or district-wide deployment.
- 46% of educators bring digital tools into their classrooms that they’ve discovered themselves.
- 25% of educators spend about three or more hours per week searching for new teaching tools.
- 25% of K-12 leadership say they either frequently or sometimes involve educators in their EdTech selections.
- Only 30% of teachers say that leadership includes them in EdTech decision-making.
- 44% of teachers share that their main source of new teaching resources was other teachers.
- Only 18% relied on tools promoted by K-12 administrators.