Technology in the classroom
It won’t be wrong to say that technology rules our lives in some way or the other…be it at home, office or even at classrooms. It helps us perform some of the important tasks in a faster and convenient way. Shopping, socialising, playing, networking and learning…we are almost dependent on technology for each one of these tasks. In education especially, the role of technology starts much early. And looking at the pace at which technology is advancing, we can expect technology to fully take over classrooms very soon.
The reasons for schools to implement technology in the classroom are many. Wireless technology is the future and we can help students in preparing for it’s use from the school itself. Technology also gives students the chance to interact with their classmates more by encouraging collaboration. It helps the teachers prepare students for the real world environment.
Without technology students learn passively as the information is transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. However, when they learn through a device, they have an active role in learning. Moreover, when technology is used as a tool to support students in performing authentic tasks, the students are in the position of defining their goals, making design decisions, and evaluating their progress.
The role of teachers also changes. They become a facilitator rather than the dispenser of information. Technology helps teachers in setting project goals and providing guidelines and resources, moving from student to student or group to group, providing suggestions and support for student activity.
And when it comes to motivating the students to learn, there is nothing which works like technology. Today’s students love technology, so they are more interested in learning as they can use the tools they love. Moreover, traditional classrooms stress on verbal knowledge and multiple-choice test performance whereas technologically enabled classroom provides a very different set of challenges and different ways in which students can demonstrate what they understand.
When students are able to master technology-based task, they feel more competent and a sense of self worth. The digital content is also more vivid, helpful, creative, and a lot cheaper than those old heavy books which makes it more attractive for the students.
Another effect of technology is an increased inclination on the part of students to work cooperatively and to provide peer tutoring. When students work in collaboration, their chances of helping each other increase. Those who are technology savvy help others and they feel proud to do so.
So, if your school is still unsure about using the latest technology, it’s high time you go for it. Education is evolving and so is technology. Therefore, it’s important to cater to the growing needs of students by employing latest technology in education.