Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Considering the drastic impact of the pandemic on the education sector as well as the increasing use of education technologies, Renaissance, a leading global edtech solutions provider, has organized an information day on Teachers to discuss ways to reduce teacher workload in today’s learning environment.
The half-day event was held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dubai and brought together educators and school leaders across the UAE. Speakers included Thomas Blakemore, TikTok and YouTube content creator, and elementary school teacher; Steve Gibson, R KS2 Literacy Manager at Jumeriah Anglophone School; Michelle Thomas, director of education at the School of Research Science; and Heather Howard, Head of Year 7, GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai. Discussions at the event focused on practical tips for reducing teacher workload, using data to manage work, the importance of caring for staff, and the power of self-care.
Joan Mill, Chief Executive of Renaissance International, said: “The increased demand for effective hybrid or blended learning environments – resulting from the pandemic – has exacerbated the need for teachers to adjust their course and assessment models. . This will meet the learning needs of all students, both in the classroom and at home. Teachers have the greatest impact on student success, therefore, it is essential that resources and technology support them to maximize teaching time and minimize unnecessary workload.
Factors that contribute to teacher workload include curriculum planning, grading and feedback, reporting and data management, and classroom management and lesson delivery. The event highlighted various educational technologies and solutions that can be integrated to address these issues, including:
- Curriculum-aligned assessments, lesson plans, and customizable reading and math content to meet student needs and help them progress toward mastery
- Assessment and practice platforms that automatically grade student work and provide teachers with real-time data to back up feedback to help students progress and build prior knowledge
- Computer-based assessments and practice platforms for reading and math that personalize learning for each student, saving teachers the hassle of manually differentiating
- Easily accessible and efficiently organized data and analytics to guide teachers on the “next step” and help leaders assess and support teachers in their implementation
Working with over 120 regional and local schools, Renaissance actively promotes literacy and numeracy development to address the challenges schools face when offering distance learning to young students. The products and solutions also support differentiated instruction and personalize learning to optimize overall student development.