By Jacquelyn Heidegger Hamilton, Coordinator Senior, ASU New Student Programs
In partnership with: Sophie Canestrelli, Talent Manager, Human Capital, ASU Preparatory Academy
Technology is transforming the landscape of all industries and job functions, including education and k-12 teaching. Technology has the power to change the way we work in education but also can be an impactful tool to help students engage in learning. Educators who are able to effectively leverage educational technology within their role can heighten their effectiveness, efficiency, and the education experience, and candidates who showcase their digital technology career competency within education may stand out from the crowd.
ASU Preparatory Academy is an innovative k-12 charter school with 12 physical immersion sites and blended campuses and a digital high school. Chartered through Arizona State University, ASU Preparatory Academy aims to provide premium environments for learning to help all students become innovative leaders and problem-solvers who are prepared for success in college and their preferred careers.
In an interview with Sophie Canestrelli, Talent Manager in the Human Capital division of ASU Preparatory Academy, we discussed how innovative educators and institutions are leveraging technology and what is on the horizon in educational technology. Here, we share some of her suggestions:
● Leverage technology for learning with blended learning strategies
Teachers at ASU Preparatory Academy incorporate technology in order to engage students in learning through blended learning strategies, such as employing the “flipped classroom model.” This instructional strategy allows for experiential and student-centered learning to occur within the classroom in the physical presence of the educator, while providing instructional content, such as lectures, readings, and other forms of digital and physical media in order to introduce students to the content outside of the classroom and before class time.
Technology, coupled with blended learning strategies, has the ability to increase engagement in active learning and higher-order cognitive skills, while offering more personalized, differentiated, and feedback-driven instruction.
● Create online courses and curriculum
Online courses and curriculum can be designed and implemented in blended learning settings or in 100% online settings to place students at the center of their learning. ASU Prep Digital is a college prep option through ASU Preparatory Academy that blends online high school and university courses for 100% digital learners in part-time and full-time capacity in addition to providing partnerships with school districts and organizations throughout the world. Online courses and curriculum have the ability to eliminate educational barriers based on location, modality, background, and income so that all learners can thrive.
● Incorporate digital technology into lessons and pedagogy
Even without committing to a larger blended learning strategy or designing & implementing online courses, the accessibility of free-to-low-cost and user-friendly technology is changing the landscape of digital integration into education. From classroom sets to personal computers and tablets for students to utilize for blended learning to virtual, augmented , and mixed reality technology being infused in classrooms for virtual field trips, technology integration has come a long way within k-12 education settings, but there are additional opportunities to better personalize, gamify, and scale learning through redefining the learning space. For instance, Artificial Intelligence can be leveraged to provide instantaneous feedback and adaptive learning, which tailors and sequences content to the learner.
● Utilize technology in the recruitment and hiring process for educators
Technology can offer automation and predictive analytics that help make the hiring process for educators more seamless, efficient, and effective. In an industry with contract-based positions, bulk hiring initiatives, and high demand positions, technology can be a true value-add to the process. For example, ASU Preparatory Academy has implemented a more comprehensive applicant tracking system to simplify their recruiting and hiring process. Another way in which ASU Prep is leveraging technology in their hiring process is through the Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment, which allows ASU Prep to best assess and predict job and organizational fit between candidates and ASU Preparatory Academy. Why does this matter? It helps ASU Prep match talented educators to the right opportunity to best make their impact within ASU Preparatory Academy.
● Challenge yourself to learn and use new technologies now
Being able to discuss how you have explored and/or implemented educational technology will showcase your willingness to learn and adapt to new digital technologies.
Be prepared to give concrete examples of how you have utilized new technology and even demonstrate your competency through your application and interview process.
● Cultivate a passion for technology and showcase that interest in your application and interview process
If you are passionate about educational technology or eager to continue to explore how to leverage technology in education, show it within your application and interview process. If you do not currently feel passionate or eager to learn, consider how you might be able to cultivate that passion. Would learning more how other educators leverage technology encourage you? Consider informational interviewing about the topic. Would learning more about emerging educational technologies be of help to you? If so, read on!
● Stay up-to-date with educational technology by reading blogs, listening to podcasts, and talking to educators and educational technology professionals
Consider following educational technology organizations and resources on LinkedIn, frequent educational technology websites, blogs, and podcasts, join educational technology newsletters, and network with professionals leveraging technology in education and EdTech communities. Sophie Canestrelli suggests to checking-out EdTech and Eduweek to get you started.
If you are interested in exploring ASU Preparatory Academy or viewing open positions, learn more about working at ASU Prep here.