Technology has transformed our lives and we know it. The classrooms have become so different than it was 50 years ago or even 10 years ago. Orthodox method of teaching with a chalk and blackboard has changed with digital whiteboards and providing children with access to iPads.
When managed properly, technology-enabled classrooms generate meaningful gains in student achievement and engagement. However, it’s up to teachers to make sure proper classroom technology management is consistent and beneficial. Educators who know the importance of tech need to have tech tools and skills to effectively teach next-gen learners. Jen Miller’s guide explore how to reap the benefits of proper classroom technology while avoiding the pitfalls.
1. Generate a better learning experience by installing home theater in the classrooms, providing them with graphing calculators because audio-visual aids in making the teaching and learning experience more vibrant.
2. Facilitates knowledge absorption with the help of blended learning. Blended learning is a combination of offline and online learning in a way that the one compliments the other. It provides individuals with the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds with both outdoor and indoor activities.
3. No one learns in the same way or at the same pace, but technology can level_set the classroom. For example, technology can provide accommodations for struggling or disabled students, and virtual lesson plans provide individualized instruction for all. Students can learn at their own speed, reviewing difficult concepts or skipping ahead as needed. Additionally, access to the internet gives students access to a broad range of resources to conduct research.
4. Collaborative learning allows teachers around the world to provide opportunities for their students to collaborate on projects. Online learning platforms and digital tools also exist. Each platform offers various combinations of features that you can adapt to suit your classroom.
5. Since technology is leveraged for learning purposes, students and teachers interact with each other via online forums, threaded discussions, and videoconferencing, as well as emails and chats. These tools serve several functions including course documentation, administration, and evaluation that allow both the teachers and students to maximize the use of a Learning Management System (LMS).
6. The adoption of devices and increased use of technology will prepare students for their future because we live in a technology driven world where this will ultimately set them up for success. By using technology to enhance the learning experience, students are being equipped with future-ready skills they can apply in the workforce.
Jen Miller says,’A teacher who gets students excited about learning has won half the battle of having them retain information’. Provide students with choices of the technology media to use in the classroom. Choices can include video creation, animations, 3D printing, creating comics, creating simple apps, online games, app games, or augmented reality. The options you provide depend on the resources available.
7. Teaching requires constant creativity. It can be extremely complicated and time-consuming to come up with engaging and fun activities to teach concepts. Thankfully, there are numerous online resources available to help you plan creative lessons and which will also keep the students engaged.
8. With the help of technology, the school authorities can keep a check on student’s progress on daily basis. Teachers can upload grades, attendance record and disciplinary data which will help everyone in staying updated.
9. Technology is a powerful tool that can support and transform education in many ways, from making it easier for teachers to create instructional materials to enabling new ways for people to learn and work together. With the worldwide reach of the Internet and the ubiquity of smart devices that can connect to it, a new age of anytime anywhere education is dawning. It will be up to instructional designers and educational technologies to make the most of the opportunities provided by technology to change education so that effective and efficient education is available to everyone everywhere.
By: Swati Kaushal