Technology-based teaching is a “modern” career if you will, as teaching moves far beyond the traditional classroom toward virtual classrooms using IPads and other tech-forward applications. Jobs as virtual teachers are becoming more and more common, as the internet makes it possible for students to learn from anywhere around the world, without being in the classroom setting and learning face-to-face. However, technology-based teaching isn’t for everyone, but an ideal career choice for those who want to teach, but desire the freedom enjoyed by virtual teachers.
What skills and areas of competency are necessary in the technology-based teaching career field?
First of all, it is essential that you master virtual classroom technology. The applications online are constantly changing, from virtual blackboards and IPads to the software used to create and edit spreadsheets. There are a multitude of tools online that assist in technology-based teaching, and you should be capable of staying up-to-date with current trends. If you intend to teach grades K-12, you will need the appropriate teaching license required by the state in which you reside. Seminars and workshops that target online teaching may also be beneficial.
Additionally, it’s important that even though you do not see your students in a personal setting, you push them to get involved. Again, there are tools that help you engage with students including PrimaryPad and programs that allow for virtual brainstorm sessions. Forums and chat rooms are other places you can communicate with students and get to know them. Just as you would in a traditional classroom setting, you must devise a way to keep students accountable.
Duties and areas of responsibility
What are the responsibilities you will face as a technology-based teacher? As in the traditional classroom setting, it is essential that you know the curriculum for the grade/grades you intend to teach. You should be capable of communicating with parents regarding student placement, instructional issues, school set-up and basic computer set-up.
It is also important that you have discussions with parents regarding students’ behavior and scholastic achievements, and counsel your students when problems come up. You will be responsible for conducting conferences, ensuring compliancy with state requirements and grading assignments in a timely manner. Making promotion decisions and organizing training/educational/social activities for both students and families will fall into your job description.
Additional areas of study/training that may be beneficial
There are many courses, seminars and training programs that benefit virtual teachers, helping those in this career field stay on top of advancing technology, new trends and training techniques. Seminars and workshops are helpful, as are online teaching certificate programs that assist prospective teachers in developing essential skills necessary for online teaching.
Technology-based teaching industries
Essentially, every industry can benefit from the advantages of technology-based teaching. Obtaining employment in the area/industry where your interests lie is particularly rewarding. Whether you prefer to become a virtual teacher for K-12 schools, as a professor or other higher education position, or in training adults in design, research, publishing, public health or medicine, there is no shortage of work in this career field.
As the internet and technology continue to advance, the possibilities for technology-based teaching advances as well. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that in another decade the population of those who choose to gain their education online will increase substantially. It is expected that demand for virtual teaching professionals will only continue to grow.
Is it a requirement that you be fresh out of college, new to the job market to secure a position in technology-based teaching? No. However, whether you are experienced or just entering this career field, it is crucial that you stay current on modern technologies that apply to your work, attend workshops and have a passion for educating students through virtual means.