In what is known as the “information age” it is crucial for technology to be implemented in today’s classroom. Whether on a social or gaming level, students are exposed to technology on a daily basis. By incorporating these technological tools into classroom instruction, teachers find that students become more interested in classroom activities and are more eager to learn.
Technology is not the answer to better education, but I believe that it is a necessary tool to facilitate better learning.
Technology cannot be solely relied on to solve all of the shortcomings in any given classroom. However, when teachers are given tools and taught how to utilize them in a way that enhances their methods, the ultimate learning environment can be achieved. Technology cannot make a subpar teacher good, but it also cannot replace the teacher. Teachers must use technology to enhance and not replace the way they teach.
One of the most challenging issues for teachers today is creating and teaching a lesson that meets the needs of a diverse classroom filled with various types of learners. Using different types of technology can aid teachers by giving students information in a more sensory manner. For those who are visual or kinesthetic, technology helps through pictures and interactive activities. Integrate lectures and books into the mix, and it is possible to connect with each type of learning style. Through technology there can be immediate feedback which is crucial to the learning process. This can be a precarious balance that takes time and knowledge to perfect, but the opportunity is there.
Students respond positively to technology in the classroom.
When I taught middle school History, I found that PowerPoint presentations and SmartBoard interactions enticed the students and learning was no longer seen as a chore. I found that the classroom was becoming less formal, there was more interaction between students, and discussion was more prevalent. Technology helped instill the feeling of community in the classroom between not only the students, but between me as the instructor and the students. Within this classroom community students were contributing, communicating and learning.
As educators, our most important job is not to teach standards, but to instill a lifelong love of learning.
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