Technology gives teachers a way to engage students like never before. Of course it helps keep a student’s attention and makes class more interesting, but I think the most important advantage of using technology in the classroom is how technology can help relate a topic to the “real world”. Technology is everywhere everyday, especially for the youthful demographic. Students in today’s classroom are being raised in a technological era. They do not remember when people did not carry cell phones, or when pong was the video game of choice. Some students have never heard the sound of a typewriter or smell white out. Technology is their reality, and by bringing it into the classroom, we are bringing in the world around them.
The relative advantage of using technology is that it does use alternate methods for teaching a concept. In the subject of Science for example, a student can visualize concepts through technology that otherwise would not be possible. Teachers can talk and read about a birth of a star for example, but thanks to technology, students can actually witness the process. It takes students to places that normally they would never be able to go. It makes the abstract tangible, again making it real. We must remember though, that technology is only effective if it used in conjunction with teaching the standards and objectives the students need to master.
Another advantage of using technology is that it allows teachers to reach all types of students. The article, “Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum”, discusses how technology makes it possible for teachers to accommodate all learner types. It also points out the advantage for use in assessment. Being able to give immediate feedback is a great tool for teachers to better help their students with concepts they may have problems with. In the Article,”Email as an Educational Feedback Tool” the author makes the argument that feedback is vital to a student’s learning, and that we must never underestimate a student’s desire to communicate. This article talks about communicating through email which makes it easier sometimes for students to say things or ask questions they may be to shy or nervous to ask in person.
All in all, I believe that it is indisputable that technology use has a real relative advantage in all subjects. It helps students gain a desire to learn through creating an engaging environment, making it relative to their lives, and give immediate feedback to help understanding.
Why integrate technology into the curriculum?: the reasons are many . (2008). Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-introduction
Huett, J. (2004). Email as an educational feedback tool: relative advantages and implementation guidelines. International journal of instructional technology and distance learning, 1(6), Retrieved from http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Jun_04/article06.htm