As we sail through the 21st century, technology in the classroom is becoming more and more predominant. Tablets are replacing our textbooks, and we can research just about anything that we want to on our smart phones; while social media has become commonplace in mutual correspondences. The way we use technology has completely transformed the way we live our lives.
Educators, too, have seen firsthand the benefits of technology in the classroom. According to a recent study 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 that they are prepared to enter the workforce once they complete their schooling.
The impact that technology has on today’s schools has been quite significant. Teachers are learning how to teach with emerging technologies like tablets, Smart Boards and digital cameras 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 technology in the classroom:
Makes learning more fun: Students prefer laptops and tablets to books as they feel digital technology makes learning more interesting and fun. Subjects that students deem challenging or boring can become more interesting with virtual lessons, through a video, or when using a tablet.
Prepares students for the future: In a recent US survey, 9 out of 10 students indicated that using technology in the classroom helps them prepare for the digital future. Ed-tech in the classroom prepares students for their future and sets them up for this increasing digital economy.
Helps Students Learn at Their Own Pace: Today’s technology enables students to learn at their own pace. Students can learn according to their abilities and needs. This form of teaching is also great for teachers because it gives them the time to work individually with students who may be struggling.
Connects with Students: Technology occupies an important place in students’ 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 and providing students with the tools that will take them into the 21st century.
Technology changes by the minute, and educators need to keep up with the times in order to best prepare students for this ever-changing world that we live in. Teachers need to take time to learn about each element of ed-tech that they will incorporate into the classroom.