How Technology Improves the Classroom Experience
It is undeniable that technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since the computer was first introduced. The use of handheld devices, tablets, and personal computers makes education a whole new ballgame compared to hardcover books, test scantrons, and number 2 pencils. Teachers in today’s classrooms must evolve and adapt to the ever present use of technology in their student’s lives. If we do not, we risk becoming out of touch and losing the engagement that we could greatly benefit from by incorporating technology into the curriculum.
10 Ways Technology Can Improve the Classroom Experience
Although technology may be a daunting and overwhelming addition to classroom activities, it is not all bad. There are many ways that technology can improve teacher-student connections and enhance the learning experience. Here are 10 ways that technology can be an improvement in the classroom:
- Encourage active engagement through interactive lessons and multi-faceted PC or tablet programs.
- Incorporate different learning styles through the use of games, art, research, sound, and visual learning via technology.
- Prepares children for the future through the implementation of commonly used programs, multimedia, etc.
- Connects teachers with students via school communication programs, email, document or project sharing, etc.
- Provides digital simulations and models that would otherwise not be available.
- Improves communication between students and teachers and students with other students through project sharing, group access to online documents, easy access for after school questions or group work.
- Allows for easier introduction to new material and access to research while in the classroom.
- Provides self-paced learning opportunities by allowing students to work on classwork at their own pace without worry of missing information. Access to online information and textbook access before, during and after class without need for a hard copy.
- Offers students additional ways to complete projects including filming a video, creating an interactive website, making a powerpoint, or creating an online poll.
- Allows teachers to include relevant information and formats of presenting it via Memes, GIFs, TicToc, Youtube or other modern avenues.
Technological Integration for the Classroom of the Future
Although we are moving towards a fully integrated classroom at a faster pace than ever imagined, where each child has a computer or tablet and we no longer use hardcover printed books, you can make the change gradually. Including technology in one or two lessons, while sticking to traditional lesson plans for other subjects, is a great way to get your feet wet. Consider talking with your students about how they would like to see technology in the classroom, using their suggestions as a guide. If students are excited about learning because they played a part in the construction of the lessons, it’s a win win.