From the studies I’ve read, teachers want to use more technology in the classroom. The kids seem to really enjoy it and are excited about using it. Those interested in embracing technology need to educate themselves on what’s out there. Here is a small sliver of the advantages we gain from using technology to educate people.
School districts across the country are not created equal. There is so much disparity in education resources depending on the wealth or lack thereof, depending on certain areas. Students using technology in low-income district gain significant skills and advantages in the learning process. Using the same technology is an equalizer for disadvantaged students.
The world is moving towards technology at a breakneck pace. Educator have a responsibility to introduce, encourage, and help students master technology, as well as subject, as it applies to school and the future. Technology will be used in every aspect of the professional lives of current students. So upon graduation, whether the next is college or
career, technology will be used daily. Why not use it daily school?
Using technology the classroom can be taken anywhere. With all the knowledge and resources contained and deliverable on demand on a mobile device, students can learn at home or in the “field”. Mobile technology allows for greater collaboration between students promoting strong foundations in group work.
Technology track and reports students progress instantly. What fun is running a marathon if you don’t know how long it takes. Runners can get instant feedback from hundreds of data point as to their condition. This feedback provides instant motivation to improve performance.
Similarly, students who use technology are motivated to improve performance. Just like they do at home on their gaming consoles.Trying to beat high scores at home and trying to beat high scores in math use the same psychology.
The savings which result from using technology can come in many facets. On a basic level technology can replace infrastructure. Desks, books, lab equipment and other items are a heavy cost burden on schools everywhere. Technology and devices can help save on these costs. In additional, geographically isolated or economically disadvantaged children can benefit from access to online software or resources which would be cost prohibitive without technology.
I recently read an article that reported students using 10 years old textbook in school. Updating textbooks can cost lots of money and do significant damage to budgets. On the other hand, updating software and educational content are not as expensive or cumbersome. With the help of technology, course curriculum can reflect real world data. In some applications, students can be exposed to real-time information.
Assessing students performance can be done instantly with technology. It’s more than just test scores, simply understanding students grasp of the subject in real time can be done on tablets in classroom. A classroom could be questioned with a multiple-choice problem. Students could then input their answer and the feedback score is instantly given to the student and teacher. Corrections can be made long before examinations.
Students and classrooms or even school can be connected to anyone in the world instantly. Devices coupled to the internet can allow for a free way to communicate globally. The chance to understand international or difference culture perspectives on the same topic is incredible.
Having children carry heavy backpacks, textbook and binders isn’t very efficient. A new lightweight laptop weighs less than 2.5 kg and can have an internal storage capability of more than 2 millions illustrated pages. In addition to an internal hard drive, access to the internet can provide an almost unlimited source of information. Ergonomic issues and back pain are a real problem in children. These conditions can lead to chronic problems throughout adulthood.
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