How to use technology to help teachers be better and to make life better for teachers (2024)

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How to use technology to help teachers be better and to make life better for teachers (1)

Teachers matter enormously to student learning. Teachers deliver academic knowledge. Teachers impart model socioemotional skills. Good teachers boost students’ long-term life outcomes. Teachers can inspire (and in another demonstration of their importance, in some cases, sadly, teachers can disappoint or even abuse).

Yet teachers, often lionized and occasionally villainized, are people. They enter the profession for a wide range of reasons, they have their own families to feed, and – like most professionals – they respond to incentives, support, accountability, and the quality of the management around them. In short, they are part of a system.

Getting teacher policies right isn’t always easy, and sometimes education technology solutions can seem like a shortcut. It’s tempting to search for the perfect app that will “disrupt” the learning process and allow countries to “leapfrog” to high-quality, equitable education without having to engage with these complicated people near the center of the learning process. (Let’s keep learners at the actual center.) Education technology interventions have had both successes and failures. Even as the COVID crisis has heightened attention to education technology, many parts of the world lack the infrastructure for it have an extended, effective reach, with big implications for educational inequality.

In a recent note—“Education Technology for Effective Teachers”—I look for examples of how education technology—rather than seeking to circumvent teachers—can help teachers to be as effective as possible and make their jobs and lives easier in the process. Looking at a wide range of experiences, mostly in low- and middle-income countries, I identify and discuss four principles to guide investments in technology to boost teacher effectiveness.

How to use technology to help teachers be better and to make life better for teachers (2)

Beyond these principles, which may seem obvious but which anyone who has worked in the implementation or evaluation of education technology can tell you are often not applied, I provide practical examples of six ways that education systems are using technology to support teachers. I summarize these in the table below, but you can find more country experiences in the note.

Systems can use technology to…Where and how
Coach and mentor teachers
  • In the U.S., virtual teacher coaching performed similarly to in-person coaching.
  • In South Africa, virtual teacher coaching performed similarly in the short run, although in-person coaching performed better over time. A blended model may make the most sense.
Complement teacher content knowledge and pedagogical skills
  • Tablets were an effective instrument to deliver scripted lesson plans and other teaching aides to teachers in Pakistan and South Africa, although only if teachers continue to use them over time.
  • Massive open online courses, Khan Academy, Wikiversity, and micro-credentialing can help boost teacher knowledge and pedagogical skills.
Create virtual communities of practice for teachers
  • Teachers use social media sites to ask content questions (Kenya), teaching practices (Turkey), and videos of themselves teaching for friendly competitions (South Africa).
  • These groups can provide positive peer accountability, as teachers report in India.
Manage teachers effectively
  • Monitor teacher attendance remotely (Pakistan).
  • But make sure teachers are on board, potentially providing support or voluntary opt-in with rewards: if not, this kind of system can be undermined.
Deploy the teacher workforce effectively
  • Use data systems to improve the distribution of teachers relative to where students are (which current allocation systems often fail to do), as in Malawi.
Increase the attractiveness of the teaching profession
  • Deliver pay electronically to reduce travel time and hassle.
  • Provide anonymous grievance reporting mechanisms.
  • Use media to encourage high performing youth to enter the teaching profession, as in Chile.

Technology is not the solution, but just like books and classrooms and blackboards, technological tools can help teachers to improve their skills, to use their skills most effectively, and to be accountable. These investments should never be made on the basis of evidence-free optimism but rather evidence-based realism in terms of systems’ capacity to maintain the technology, teacher willingness to engage the technology, and whether the technology will perform better than the cheaper, analog alternative.

(In Kenya, a tablet-based literacy program boosted learning, but no more so than the analog alternative and at higher cost.)

But in cases where technology passes those tests, it can be a valuable complement to teachers. It can also make teachers’ jobs a little bit easier so they can focus their energy on teaching.

Further reading:

  • For more on how this brief fits within the World Bank’s program for teachers, check out Saavedra’s blog post from earlier this month, “Realizing the promise of effective teachers for every child – a global platform for successful teachers
  • For more on how to foster effective teachers, check out Béteille’s and my approach paper “Successful Teachers, Successful Students: Recruiting and Supporting Society’s Most Crucial Profession” or the World Development Report 2018 chapter on teachers.
  • For a broader framework on how to apply education technology in systems (beyond its interactions with teachers), check out Ganimian, Vegas, and Hess’s 2020 report “Realizing the Promise: How Can Education Technology Improve Learning for All?


David Evans

Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

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Vanessa Lee

March 02, 2021

A useful article thanks and many things that most people skip over. I just wanted to mention though, that teachers don't "deliver" academic knowledge. Teachers and students work collaboratively to co-create academic knowledge and apply it to situations. Teachers facilitate learning. Thanks Vanessa

Ogunrinde Olayinka Oluwole

March 02, 2021

My major concern is funding my school Crescent forte academy sub of Lagos Nigeria in the area of Education technology, even to buy a computer for the population of 100 pupil is tough in this covid 19. Parents can't pay until you review fees which is tough.

A K M A Hamid, president , IDEB

March 02, 2021

Dear Author,
Can you please How we can introduce learing by doing system In primary education . Or we can start TVET inclusive primary education system.

Zahrah Akhtar

March 02, 2021

I clearly believe that the re opening of school, is nothing but sheer nonsense. Education is important but what’s the point of it when you are dead, sick not well who the heck are they then going to teach our spirits? There is a reason these vaccines are being invented due to the gravity of this pandemic thus, one must comprehend and stay inside. Plus, who knows what precautions the other students are taking or teachers plus the rate of children at school is without a doubt higher than the percentage of teachers employed at school. Furthermore, children too attend school for the soul purpose of seeing their friends thus, undoubtedly they are going to surely take of their masks plus many will get tired, wanting to breath, drink water maybe touch their nose p, eyes and one of the most important precautions against this pandemic is wearing a mask whenever out and if that isn’t followed the virus will spread like wild fire like it has for over a year clearly because of the lack of people taking this as a joke and partying all night. Good forbid if someone dies then. Thus it’s better to be safe than sorry! A healthy body is what is going to lead to a pure and stable mind and soul!

Yakubu Muhammad Anas

March 02, 2021

In Nigeria COVID 19 has drawn education backwards and during school closures authorities were forced to rethink education and the idea of using technology began to get recognition but political commitment, transmission challenges and poverty is making the progress slow.

Guruprasad Panamalai

March 02, 2021

Very informative article. My professional experience has shown that technology is useful and effective depending upon specific circ*mstances including stake holders and beneficiaries.

Colm Byrne

April 01, 2021

An excellent and thought provoking piece. At SeeBeyondBorders here in Cambodia we have just begun to implement a technology project to support literacy learning. As pointed out in your article David technology is not "the solution" but can be a force for good in improving teachers and ultimately improving learning outcomes for children.


April 01, 2021

Thank you for this clear overview of some good practices to support teachers with technology as a tool. I’m a little bit surprised how innovative some institutions, already before the COVID-19 situation, were thinking. I knew about groups on social media where teachers ask questions and share teaching practice, but never heard of sharing videos of them teaching with the goal to receive feedback or virtual teacher coaching. I think my teacher training should have had mentioned the possibilities…
Technology can be a very handy tool, but like others also mentioned: you need access, you need money and you need a good working tool. It isn’t easy to create that and I would love to read more about how we can concretely tackle these barriers.

How to use technology to help teachers be better and to make life better for teachers (2024)


How to use technology to help teachers be better and to make life better for teachers? ›

It enables the teachers to act as a mentor and teach students to apply strategies for solving problems and develop critical problem-solving skills. The teacher's knowledge, beliefs, and actions all affect the success of the students.

How can technology help teachers improve their teaching? ›

It enables the teachers to act as a mentor and teach students to apply strategies for solving problems and develop critical problem-solving skills. The teacher's knowledge, beliefs, and actions all affect the success of the students.

How technology has improved the lives of teachers? ›

It has allowed for more effective and efficient communication between teachers and students, between teachers and parents, and between and among students. Additionally, it has enabled educators to provide more engaging and interactive lessons that better meet the needs of students.

How can you encourage teachers to use technology in the classroom? ›

4 ways to encourage teachers to use technology
  1. Train me. Money spent on technology without proper training is money wasted. ...
  2. Show me the data. Some teachers are quick to dismiss technology use as a fad; cynics need opportunities to see how technology benefits students. ...
  3. Incentivize. ...
  4. Pay attention to consensus.
Jun 11, 2019

How does technology improve teacher productivity and efficiency? ›

Teachers have quicker and better access to information. And in this way, technology has increased efficiency and learning outcomes. Cloud technology has made storage and sharing very easy. Digital tools have enhanced classroom teaching and increased productivity.

How does technology help the teachers and students in teaching and learning language? ›

How technology in language learning supports students? Technology increases the students' opportunity for authentic interaction with native speakers and other language learners at various levels within or outside the classroom. Practice leads to perfection and technology-rich language learning makes it possible.

How can we use technology in a good way? ›

Using technology responsibly
  1. Have a frank conversation. Technology is a part of life. ...
  2. Encourage them to think about the future. ...
  3. Remind them to be kind. ...
  4. Teach them to respect people's privacy. ...
  5. Familiarise yourself with technology. ...
  6. Interacting safely online. ...
  7. Did you find what you needed?

Why is it important that teachers use technology? ›

Connects Better with Students

Technology provides teachers with an opportunity to connect with their students in a new way. It allows you to open up lines of communication and use the Internet to explain curriculum material in a new way, which can be very helpful to students.

What is the impact of technology for teachers? ›

Effective use of digital learning tools in the classroom increases student engagement and helps teachers improve lesson planning and promote individualized learning. It also helps the student acquire essential skills for the 21st century.

Why is technology important in education? ›

Technology provides students with the tools and resources they need to develop a range of essential skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. It also provides them with exposure to a variety of digital tools and platforms, helping them to become confident and proficient users.

What technology should teachers use in the classroom? ›

Calculators, Smartboards, And Clickers. In the classroom, teachers are using calculators and smartboards and clickers to not simply engage students, but to offer more diverse platforms for students to work with new ideas and demonstrate understanding.

How can technology help motivate collaboration in the classroom for all students? ›

By working on group projects, on forums, or by sharing documents through technology, students can teach each other through mentoring, tag-teaming assignments, and creative cooperation. Technology also allows students to collaborate in the same classroom, same school or even with other classrooms around the world.

How can technology increase student engagement in your classroom? ›

Technology enhances communication and allows teachers to be more fully engaged in the learning process. Online lessons, learning games, and programs enable collaborative activities that make it easier for students to share ideas and solve problems together.

What are the benefits of technology? ›

Increased productivity and efficiency

Modern technology boosts productivity as well as the efficiency of human activities, as it allows us to perform tasks in less time. Meanwhile, thanks to the huge amount of information available, better decisions can be made, and human error reduced.

How can teachers improve their productivity? ›

Creating lesson routines is the key to increasing productivity in the classroom and student agency. I always begin my lessons with check-in routines. Engaging students using check-in activities are really important because they help build relationships, which can be key to success in the classroom.

What is a technology based method of teaching? ›

Instead of learning about a topic in class, students use digital information and occasional micro-learning techniques, for example, watching short videos on a specific topic at home. The content of this homework is then explored and discussed in more detail in the classroom.

What is technology based approach in teaching? ›

Learning in which teachers use technology to teach and learners learn with aid of technology. Published in Chapter: Evaluating Technology-Based Instruction (TBI); From: Encyclopedia of Information Technology Curriculum Integration.

What are the most effective ways to use technology in the classroom? ›

How to Integrate Technology in the Classroom
  • Power Points and Games. ...
  • Internet Homework Assignments. ...
  • Online grading Systems. ...
  • Classroom Tablets. ...
  • Listserv. ...
  • Keeping students engaged. ...
  • Helps students with different learning styles. ...
  • Prepare students with life skills.

How can technology be used to improve and develop work? ›

Technology can turn inefficient, tedious tasks into a seamless and automated process. This frees up time for your team and allows them to be more productive. For example, without technology, workplace managers have to worry about signing in visitors with a pen and paper and then keeping a record of that sign-in.

What are 5 positive effects of technology? ›

Positive effects
  • Access to information. One of the main forms of technology we use every day is consuming content on the internet through our devices. ...
  • Digital literacy. ...
  • Independence and responsibility. ...
  • Learning and education. ...
  • Social connectivity.

How helpful technology is in your life as a learner? ›

Better comprehension. Through the use of technology, every student basically has the world in their hands. With just a few clicks, students can easily access all the information and materials they need in order to comprehend different topics better and succeed in the process.

Does technology improve our lives? ›

Improved Quality of Life

It has considerably changed the quality of life. By seeping into every aspect of our life, technology has changed the way we behave and operate. From communication and transport to healthcare and connectivity, technology has enhanced our lives for the better.

How technology has improved social interaction? ›

One of the most significant impacts of technology on social interaction is that it has changed the way we communicate. With the rise of social media, instant messaging, and video chat, it is easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family, even if they live far away.

How will technology helps you as a future teacher? ›

Online resources improve student learning and retention.

Through videos, learning games, and images, teachers can show students colorful, stimulating examples of the material that they're trying to teach. Subjects that are historically dry or difficult to grasp can be turned vibrant and interesting.

What is an example of technology as a teaching tool? ›

Teachers have access to interactive whiteboards, computer projectors, large screen T.V.s and DVD players. Microsoft programs such as Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word are used by teachers to provide lectures, to create assignments, or to collect and organize instructional data and student progress.

What are the 5 examples of technology? ›

6 common types of technology
  • Television. Television sets transmit signals over which we can listen to and view audio and visual content. ...
  • Internet. ...
  • Cell phones. ...
  • Computers. ...
  • Circuitry. ...
  • Artificial intelligence. ...
  • Software. ...
  • Audio and visual technology.
Mar 10, 2023

What is the main objective in technology for teaching and learning? ›

The essential objective of Educational Technology is to improve the quality of education and enhance the learning process. Most importantly, technology should magnify the teaching and learning process as well as facilitate better performance of educational systems as it emphasises upon effectiveness and efficiency.

What value does technology bring to your instruction? ›

Technology gives students access to a variety of programs and information sources at the simple click of a button. Teachers can find leveled readers or allow students to choose research topics that fit their interests much more easily than by going to the library where resources may be limited.

What is ethical use of technology in the classroom? ›

The priority of ethics in the classroom is to always keep the students safe and knowledgeable and prevent them or the teacher from committing cyber crimes, which are crimes that relate to using computer software or the internet, such as unauthorized use of a software program.

Why does technology motivate students? ›

If teachers give them the opportunity to learn using technology, then their motivation increases, allowing a better retention of knowledge. Recent research shows that the majority of the learning process occurs outside the classroom. The main reason why this happens is because of the interaction.

How does technology impact classroom management? ›

With the ever-growing list of teacher responsibilities, the use of technology to support classroom management can help relieve some stress of having to juggle all the everyday tasks of teaching. Technology provides teachers the opportunity to track, monitor, and engage students in their learning effortlessly.

What are the positive effects of technology on communication? ›

On the one hand, technology affects communication by making it easier, quicker, and more efficient. It allows you to track conversations and therefore provide better customer service.

What is an example of new technology having a positive? ›

more effective irrigation methods, vital medicines, household water purification devices, and manufacturing procedures that limit waste and pollution are examples of modern technology.

What are the benefits of modern technology? ›

The advantages of modern technology for people are given below:
  • Technology Causes Cost Deficiency. ...
  • Technology Benefits to the Health Industry. ...
  • Technology Saves Our Precious Time. ...
  • Technology Use for Education. ...
  • Technology Used for Entertainment. ...
  • Technology for Disabled People to Make Them Able.
May 24, 2023

How can technology improve competitiveness? ›

Changing purchasing behaviors and decreasing customer loyalty are driving organizations to maximize product visibility on the store shelf. By leveraging digital tools, sales managers can differentiate their brand's offerings from the competition and get shoppers to reach for their products more often.

What is one way technology can improve productivity? ›

Automation and time-saving tools

Perhaps the biggest way that technology can improve productivity is through time-saving tools. This is especially evident with automation. By taking mundane or repetitive tasks out of the hands of employees, you can free them up to do more creative work.

How do teachers improve their teaching? ›

Make your expectations clear. Make eye contact and address students by name. Supplement lectures with hands-on activities. Recognize students' accomplishments and respond appropriately to their concerns.

How can teachers improve the quality of teaching? ›

There are a few other simple guidelines for improving teaching quality:
  1. Make it clear what you expect.
  2. Make eye contact with students and address them by name.
  3. Hands-on activities should be used to supplement lectures.
  4. Recognize students' accomplishments and respond to their concerns appropriately.
Nov 26, 2022

How can we improve teacher quality? ›

Establish Ongoing, Open Communication

They should engage their teachers in ongoing, dynamic dialogue. This dialogue should be continuous especially for those teachers who need improvement. School leaders should want to build engaging, trusting relationships with their teachers.

What are the 5 important M's in utilizing technology in teaching? ›

Man, material, machines, methods and metrics.

What are some ways teachers can include technology in ongoing progress monitoring? ›

Another way that technology is benefiting teachers is through the use of Excel programs, spreadsheets, and automatic data collection completed by computer programs. Computer programs can compile and analyze student data and results, saving the teacher both time and resources.

Why is technology important to teachers and students? ›

Technology allows educators to remove the physical barriers of the classroom, offering students a way to connect the curriculum with the real world and those areas of academic focus that can genuinely enrich the student experience.

What are the best uses of technology in school? ›

Here are some great examples of ways to use technology in the classroom and how they can be used to promote an engaging learning environment!
  • Gamified Learning. ...
  • Virtual Field Trips. ...
  • Create Student Websites. ...
  • Online Discussion. ...
  • Use Social Media.
Oct 29, 2021

What are 3 or more benefits of a technology infused classroom? ›

The benefits of integrating technology into the classroom include: Increased student engagement. Encouraging teamwork and collaboration. Preparing students for life after graduation.

What is technology for teaching learning? ›

Technology for Learning and Teaching:

Empowers educators to efficiently personalize learning with access to data, content and the cloud. Prepares students for the 21st century workforce with modern technology skills and competencies.

What can be done to help teachers appreciate integrating technology? ›

Show your teachers the opportunities to collaborate that tech provides – not just with colleagues, but with students too. The collaborative tools that come with introducing technology into the classroom and their potential to enhance teaching and learning are varied and wide-reaching.

What technology helps instructors evaluate their students learning? ›

AI analytics allows instructors to understand students' performance, progress, and potential by decrypting their clickstream data (Roll & Winne, 2015; Fong et al., 2019; Seo et al., 2021; Holstein et al., 2018).

Is digital technology making life better? ›

By seeping into every aspect of our life, technology has changed the way we behave and operate. From communication and transport to healthcare and connectivity, technology has enhanced our lives for the better.

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