6 tech classroom tools to help educators’ mental health

Many teachers welcome the return to a standard classroom. Of course, some are concerned about how much stress will be involved in trying to get students back into the classroom.

Educators need to be given ample support for their mental and emotional well-being, as the stress of returning to normal is likely to affect their mental strength and emotional well-being. Classroom technology can help alleviate some of the burdens educators bear and help them successfully navigate mental health challenges.

video conferencing

Most teachers are overworked and underpaid. There is also a lack of support and resources to help them thrive, especially for mental health. As a result, teachers are burned out and struggling with various mental health issues due to the demands of the job. This, in turn, affects how productive they can be in the classroom.

Positive resources are critical to alleviating teacher burnout and diminished mental health. Technology resources in the classroom, like video conferencing tools, are one of those positive resources.

Video conferencing allows teachers to maintain flexible schedules that support a healthy work-life balance. For example, you can continue a hybrid schedule with students that consists of face-to-face classes and virtual classes. Video conferencing tools also make it easier to fit into a distance therapy or counseling session during lunch or after school.

An educator’s own device

It is normal for schools to provide teachers with the tech equipment they will use throughout the year. However, there is another option, which is to bring a personal device to work.

Trying to learn a new school-provided device can be extremely frustrating, especially if they aren’t tech savvy. In addition, persistent frustration can negatively impact mental health and interactions with students.

On the other hand, allowing teachers to bring their own devices to work eliminates the learning curve for school-provided technology. The ability to take a personal device to work allows them to be more confident in navigating classes and engaging with students.

Ask about your school’s BYOD policy. If you find out that your school doesn’t allow you to bring your own device to work, argue with the school officials why it’s a good idea to create one.

game consoles

Although many people view gaming as primarily damaging to mental health, it can actually stimulate the mind and improve your mood. Playing video games can also contribute to better cognitive function.

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