How digital tools can help strengthen connections

A top priority for teachers this year is helping students ease back into full time in-person learning. But just because you’re back to being face-to-face all the time doesn’t mean you need to ditch all the digital discoveries of the past year. This year, when implementing the right educational technologies in tandem with in-person classroom learning, we can further support students with options they feel comfortable using.

Read below for how digital tools can help teachers and students thrive.

Giving students a place to practice

Technology can help ease the transition for students who are going from a remote to an entirely in-person learning environment. Students can have a safe space to share their feelings and thoughts about being back in person. Using Along, teachers can choose reflection questions to support the transition and support students as they become more comfortable in social settings again. When students feel confident in their environment, they spend more time learning and less time worrying about social stressors. 

Meeting students where they’re at

Technology and digital tools are second nature to students. For many, they see online apps or programs as extensions of in-person communication. So why not meet students where they feel most comfortable? By giving students the ability to connect through their phones, computers or tablets, teachers are sending the signal that they want to get on their students’ level. It’s a way to know their thoughts and interests beyond what they can learn in the confines of class time. 

At Along, we quickly discovered that students also enjoyed seeing a glimpse of their teachers’ lives outside of the classroom through the digital reflection tool. Whether it was a dog running around in the background or a pile of paperwork teetering on a table, students liked seeing that their teachers were just normal people.  

Building student confidence

Digital tools create a safe space for students to ask questions and share feedback. Often, less engaged students struggle with speaking out. They worry what their peers will think. But with one-on-one communication, students can express themselves in a judgment-free space. It’s an easier way for many students to find their voice.

From connecting to building confidence to creating consistency, digital tools are here to help educators succeed—whether or not you’re inside the classroom. If you’re looking for a good place to start, go for a tour around Along and see how you can build more meaningful relationships from day one.