Todayвs learners are very different from those that our educational system was designed for. With advancement in technology, classrooms are being remodeled to fit the evolving needs of the modern student. Many higher education institutions are substituting traditional resources with educational technologies in an attempt to keep up with their digital learning population. Below we look at reasons why students need technology in the classroom environment and how it can impact engagement. 1-Helps Connect Students to the Real World: A geology professor takes her students on a virtual tour of Grand Canyon National Park. A history teacher walks his students through the corridors and history of the White House. Technology allows educators to remove the physical barriers of the classroom, offering students a way to connect curriculum with the real world. 2-Prepares Students for the Workforce: To thrive in the 21st century workplace, students need to have more than a working knowledge of certain technological tools (electronic calendars, web pages, teleconferencing, electronic whiteboards, etc. ). By integrating these technologies into the regular curriculum, institutions are ensuring that their students are prepared for the modern office. 3-Encourages Collaboration: Many educational tools offer a variety of functionalities that promote collaboration. For example,
provides a way for students to hold virtual meetings with classmates from anywhere in the world. With, students can easily share and edit projects with each other. 4-Supports Different Types of Learners: No two students learn the same way, but with technology educators can address diversity in learning styles. A social feedback tool like В helps instructors discover which teaching styles work best by identifying student needs based on real-time feedback. 5-Access Information More Easily: Technology makes it easier for students to find information quickly and accurately.
Search engines and e-books are replacing traditional textbooks. Instead of personal tutors, students can get one-on-one help through educational videos – anytime and anywhere. 6-Teaches Students How to be Responsible Online: With social media sites galore, most students are already digital citizens. However, by incorporating technology into the classroom students can begin to learn how to be responsible in the digital world. The classroom becomes a microcosm of the larger digital landscape where students can practice how to communicate, search, and engage with other digital citizens. 7-Adds a Fun-factor to Learning: Outside the classroom, students use technology in all aspects of their lives. Within the classroom, technology will make learning more fun and interesting. Teaching methods such as (GBL) allows instructors to deliver lesson via interactive games. Who doesnвt enjoy playing games? Does your institution incorporate technology in your classroom? What other benefits do you think technology has for your students? Comment below and let us know. Chanel M. Sutherland Marketing Content Specialist, eXplorance century, is becoming more and more predominant. Tablets are replacing our textbooks, and we can research just about anything that we want to on our smartphones. Social media has become commonplace, and the way we use technology has completely transformed the way we live or lives. В Educators, too, have seen firsthand the benefits of. According to a just released this month, around 75 percent of educators think that technology has a positive impact in the education process. Educators also recognize the importance of developing these technological skills in students so they will be prepared to enter the workforce once they complete their schooling. В The impact that technology has had on todayвs schools has been quite significant. This widespread adoption of technology has completely changed how teachers teach and students learn.
Teachers are learning how to teach with emerging technologies (tablets, iPads, Smart Boards, digital cameras, computers), while students are using advanced technology to shape how they learn. By embracing and integrating technology in the classroom, we are setting our students up for a successful life outside of school. Here are a few benefits of using it. Makes Learning More Fun According to the study mentioned above, students prefer technology because they believe that it makes learning more interesting and fun. They especially like laptops and tablets. Subjects that students deem challenging or boring can become more interesting with virtual lessons, through a video, or when using a tablet. Technology Prepares Students for the Future CompTIAвs study showed that 9 out of 10 students indicated that using technology in the classroom would help prepare them for the digital future. These 21 -century skills are essential in order to be successful in this day and age. Jobs that may not have had a digital component in the past, may have one now. Education isnвt just about memorizing facts and vocabulary words, itвs about solving complex problems and being to collaborate with others in the workforce. Ed-tech in the classroom prepares students for their future and sets them up for this increasing digital economy. Improved Retention Rate Student perceptions in the study believe that technology helps them retain information better. According to different a study, these students may be on to something. Eighteen 2nd grade students were challenged to complete a Power Point project about an animal. Sixteen out of the 18 students remembered more facts about the animal after completing the presentation. These results show that technology indeed helps students remember what they learn. Technology Helps Students Learn at Their Own Pace Todayвs technology enables students to learn at their own pace.
For example, almost all apps allow for individualized instruction. Students can learn according to their abilities and needs. This form of teaching is also great for the teacher because it gives him/her the time to work individually with students who may be struggling. Technology Connects with Students Technology occupies an important place within studentsв lives. When they are not in school, just about everything that they do is connected in some way to technology. By integrating technology into the classroom, teachers are changing the way they used to teach (lectures six hours a day) and providing students with the tools that will take them into the 21 century. Technology changes by the minute, and as educators we need to keep up with the times in order to best prepare our students for this ever-changing world that we live in. While we just saw how integrating technology into the classroom has its benefits, itвs important to note that traditional learning processes are just as essential. Take time to learn about each element of ed-tech that you will incorporate into your classroom. When you do, you will find that technology can have a profound impact on your students learning. Do you embrace technology in your classroom? What benefits do you think technology has for your classroom? Feel free to share with us in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts. Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master\’s of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB. com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter, or on Facebook at.