Technology in the classroom continues to become more prominent as the 21st century unfolds. Chalkboards are being replaced with computer controlled smart boards, textbooks with tablets, and homework and assessments are completed online more often than not. These changes greatly impact how students learn, and it’s pushing students to achieve academically in new, efficient and productive ways.
PREPARES STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE
The jobs of today and the future require a solid knowledge of how to use all kinds of technology. Exposing students to technology at school gives them a leg up as they move through grades and on to the workforce. Starting young prepares them for the challenges of the future and builds confidence that they can learn whatever new technology is around the bend.
HELPS STUDENTS LEARN AT THEIR OWN PACE
Classroom technology offers opportunities for teachers to help reach students of various learning abilities. Teachers can adjust assignments quickly and efficiently to ensure students experience differentiated assignments and assessments. Technology also allows students to assess their own progress and needs thanks to data driven instruction and the ability to quickly report and analyze results.
MAKES LEARNING MORE FUN
Keeping students engaged is always a challenge. The opportunity to use technology which they already use for fun is a perfect way to bridge classroom learning with students’ interests. Technology is a part of their daily lives at home and with friends, so it only makes sense to inspire and excite them by using it in the classroom.
Technology is changing constantly. Educators need to keep up with these changes to best prepare students to take advantage of these evolving tools. Technology in the classroom has massive benefits, however, it’s important that traditional learning models continue also. A blend of the two gives students the best form of education possible. Take the time to research and discuss with colleagues how new technology can best heighten the classroom experience and continue to help build a community of learning that impacts students positively.