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This week we bring to you two surveys that highlight the impact of the pandemic on education, one regarding the use of technology, and the other on social and emotional learning during the pandemic. Challenges are ahead, but we have hope that the edtech community is leading the way to improve our education, one step at a time.
Joint research by the EdTech Evidence Exchange and University of Virginia finds that teachers see the effective use of education technology as paramount to ensuring an equitable recovery. The survey of a national sample of educators, including nearly 800 teachers and administrators, conducted as the 2019-2020 school year ended, found that 86 percent of respondents expect the need for education technology to increase in the coming three years.
With remote learning becoming the norm, social and emotional learning (SEL) has been a high priority — and a thorny challenge. SEL refers to the soft skills students need to collaborate effectively with their peers: the ability to manage emotions, set positive goals, display empathy and make responsible decisions. Only 7 percent of more than 1,400 educators surveyed in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s 2020 “Educator Confidence Report” said they were prepared to address the social and emotional needs of students during the COVID-19 disruption. Meanwhile, 94 percent agreed students will increasingly need more social and emotional support this school year. A range of resources are available to educators to support this need.
Laura Truncellito- Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication. firstname.lastname@example.org
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