Guest post by Veronica Hunt
Technology is an integral part of our daily routine. It accompanies us at every step — from how we work and communicate to how we wake up, do our shopping, and entertain ourselves.
According to a Baylor University study, college students are addicted to technology more than other adults, so there’s no wonder that Educational Technology (EdTech) tools continue to influence their educational lives. If you’ve heard or read something new about EdTech tools, you might wonder: “Will these products actually expand learning opportunities for students and teachers?” (Aren’t familiar with EdTech? Check out this summary.)
Many adults nowadays use technology to network, and youngsters rely on social media and mobile technology to stay in touch with one another more than ever before. Research on the efficiency of EdTech tools in the educational world reveals that technology drives not only higher labor market returns, but also better educational outcomes.
As for volunteer managers, EdTech tools can deliver better solutions to organize and track the college volunteers’ activity. They can help connect students to their supervisors, tutors, and peers and help them organize effectively.
Here are a few ways EdTech tools can improve, organize, and manage a college volunteer’s work and engagement.
Visual materials for better engagement
It’s a proven fact that visual representations of ideas are more interactive and engaging for learners than simple explanations. EdTech tools can be useful when one needs to create an attractive model to promote a volunteering idea that attracts and motivates more participants. Moreover, instructors can integrate technologies to enable college students to build personal projects of their ideas for volunteering.
Social platforms for collaboration and communication
Social platforms like EdWeb provide a unique environment for collaboration between college volunteers of different universities around the country and the world. They can collaborate to achieve their common goals. For example, one volunteer program helped Pittsburgh Public School implement a promising Technology Education course so that students of color and women could develop their computer science skills. Tutors and supervisors can communicate with students better while supporting their achievements. At the same time, learners can participate in a dialogue inside of their student community and share their thoughts and ideas with each other.
Creating and integrating materials for volunteers
It’s crucial to keep up with technology in today’s digital world. As I’ve already mentioned, almost any activity now involves digital interaction. To create a better volunteer experience, volunteers and volunteer managers can create materials, integrate them easily, and share them faster than before. EdTech tools can help you with this process. Leverage tools like online quizzes, feedback forms, surveys, polls and ratings to encourage interactive and mindful thinking (but not to replace real-life connections).
Volunteers can easily plan
Many EdTech tools on the market engage students in a number of volunteering and learning activities. For instance, Versal’s tool allows for improved distance learning and helps students allocate more time to volunteer. The same is true with Edmodo — a tool that manages tasks, grades, schedules and allows students to communicate with tutors and other students, wherever they are.
Using EdTech tools not only for learning but also for volunteering will allow leaders of volunteers to better organize students’ activities, involve more volunteers in effective work, and foster teamwork. No matter what activities are covered, there are EdTech tools available that can help.
Think about the points I touched on above. I believe that the use of EdTech tools in volunteering can promote better engagement and more effective communication. Ultimately, students will be more interested in volunteering, and teachers will have more possibilities to structure the process.
Author Bio: Veronica Hunt is an EdTech expert, an experienced content marketer, and Chief Editor of StudentShare from Philadelphia, PA. She sees her purpose in providing people with up-to-date info in the spheres of marketing and education. Follow her on Twitter.