As we advance further into the 21st century, increasingly more educational institutions are realizing that advanced technology can be put good use in the classroom; rather than ignore its potential, teachers should welcome and embrace it but use it wisely for students to reap the benefits. Laptops and iPads are slowly but steady replacing the conventional textbooks, not to mention that the internet is a pool of information. Students can gain access to online libraries, dictionaries and encyclopedias with just a click of a button.
But then again, we have some drawbacks. Many believe that social media and full access to online data is doing more harm than good. Some experts believe that technology is preventing students from reading actual books. And yet, a recent report highlights that over 50% of today’s educators are pro-technology. The impact it has on today’s pre-scholars, pupils, and college students is huge. Emerging developments in this niche help boost education results, particularly because the web put at the disposal of the students many tools to help make the learning and studying process a lot easier.
How can technology be helpful in the classroom?
To begin with, we have to mention that technology is widely used today by professors too. They use video projectors to make presentations and provide students with visual materials to help them understand topics much better. PowerPoint presentations are excellent at teaching students all about summarizing and extracting important data from a paper thus easing the learning process and helping them memorize what’s truly relevant.
Advanced technology has completely changed the way educators teach. Rather than focus on the theoretical part of a class, now they can also focus on practice. Video tutorials and DIY projects are preparing students for a life outside the classroom. Tablets and iPads will soon become indispensable tools because they provide access to useful information, and they help students stay in touch with their teachers and peers.
1. Technology in the classroom makes studying a lot more fun
Many students today don’t learn because they don’t like the methodology. It’s either boring and uninteresting or difficult to grasp. With the help of advanced technology however, a theorem, formula, or unknown word can be easier to solve. Why is technology so appreciated? Because it’s fun to use, exciting and puzzling; even when a student doesn’t know how to use a program or online tool, he/she still wants to decipher it.
Students lose interest in a subject extremely fast. That usually happens when they don’t understand something. However, technology can help make the process easier. For example, chemistry is a subject many pupils hate. Some can’t remember the formulas, whereas others just don’t find the theoretical part compelling. But then again, by using an iPad to show your students how cool chemistry can be, you’ll manage to prove them wrong. There are millions of amazing YouTube video experiments that will leave everyone speechless; the moment your students realize that, they’ll want to know more. They’ll gain an interest in the subject and they might even wish try out the experiment themselves.
2. Technology helps students prepare for a digital future
We live in a tech savvy society, and those that can’t or don’t want to use it will have a lot to lose. In the classroom, high-tech devices are longer “just cool”. They’re useful and educational too; and students are starting to realize that. To succeed at any job, a candidate is compelled to have at least some knowledge of advanced technology. Twenty years ago, jobs didn’t have the digital component they have now. Education is no longer about memorizing information and having rich vocabulary; it’s also about knowing how to do things from the moment you finish college. Your students may not have the practical experience of a 35-year old graphic designer, but they’ll have at least some knowledge of how the programs work.
3. Technology enables self-paced instruction
Last but not least, we must emphasize that technology gives students the liberty to study at their own pace; they’re free to take all the time they need to study based on their needs and abilities. Furthermore, in case they don’t understand something, they can easily get help online or ask for assistance from a friend/teacher through social media.