How EdTech can impact on students’ wellbeing

In most people’s lives,school is the first environment in which we start feeling pressure. Whether the cause isthe expectation to perform wellorthe struggle to fit inand have one’s first social interactions,school is often a source of stress and fearand can provedetrimental to the students’ mental health and well-being.
Creating asafe, positive place to bethat fostersconfidence and contentmentwhile nipping the causes ofanxiety and low self-esteemin the bud is something thateveryone can contribute to: a class where students who struggle socially are not made to feeljudged or excludedby their peers, staffed by teachers who realise that low-performing pupils need to behelped, not berated, is much more conducive to a good mental state than ahighly competitiveclass wherebullyingis rife and students feel thatthey cannot go to the adults in chargewith their problems.
Human behaviour, therefore, remains the greatest factor in student well-being and mental health, andtechnology alone cannot eliminate all obstacles. However,EdTech can be an excellent support toolfor those educators and administrators who care about their students’ quality of life.

Instant support

One of the core features of today’s technology isimmediacy: we are now long used toinstant responsesand the more we are steeped in the digital world, the lesspatiencewe have for waiting. The same applies to students in need of help or feedback: animmediate assessmentof your strengths and weaknesses such as only EdTech can provide is less stressful than having to wait days for your teacher to correct and grade your assignment, and the knowledge thathelp is always one click awaywhen you need it can make you feel more secure.
Providing a platform where students canconnect with teachers and with each otheroutside of school hours to exchange information, study tips and reminders about assignments or upcoming tests canlessen the false impression that students have to go it alone, strengthen thestudent-teacher bond, and evenfoster friendshipsbetween classmates who would otherwise struggle to interact in person.

Giving students a voice

If managed well, an online student platform can be a place whereeveryone has a voicein more ways than one. A student who is usually quiet, shy and struggling to speak up can turn out to be awitty, thoughtful personwhen given the chance to express his or her thoughts in writing, which may eventuallybuild up the confidenceto do the same in speaking.
然而,对于内向或焦虑的学生来说,EdTech资源成为表达自己意见的理想方式,并非只有一种不同的媒介:while it is true that writing instead of speaking can in itself be a blessing to those who experience nervousness in social situations, another major factor that makes the digital world a perfect place for everyone to speak up is the potential foranonymity.
Online anonymity can goboth ways: if not managed properly, it can give people a sense ofimmunityand prompt them to postinappropriate or hurtfulmaterial without fear of consequence, but if used in conjunction withgood moderation and filteringof content, it can be aninvaluable toolfor people who do not usually state their opinion in public to point out their problems and be offered a solution. Making anegative evaluation or a complaint, especially towardsan authority figuresuch as a teacher, can be frightening, but if students are given a place toprovide their feedback without associating their opinions to their names, they can do so while remaining safe in the knowledge thatwhat they say will not impact their school lives or their grades unfairly.
This is particularly evident inhigher education, where more and more universities are beginning to implement onlinestudent satisfaction surveys and teacher evaluationsin which students are prompted to answer questions about the courses they are taking and the quality of their lives on campus so thatprofessors and administrators can take active steps to improvethe situation based on their feedback and observe thedirect correlationbetween student well-being and academic performance:happier learners make better learners.

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