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March 26, 2018

Shaping Our Future with Educational Technology

Written By: Ashley Shanley
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Technology has come a long way in the past few years. Classrooms are making the transition to 21st century learning environments allowing students to be more involved in the learning process.  Not only do technology teachers enjoy this time, but classroom teachers are just as excited! Technology has the ability to simplify a teacher’s workload tremendously. It keeps children engaged and teachers are embracing the support. Here are some of the ways that technology has improved education:.

1.  Hands on learning

Students can have a difficult time trying to grasp the meaning of a certain concept. Thanks to technology, students can explore online programs, models, and digital simulations of a specific lesson! STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) has taken off in schools all over the country. STEM classes involve experiments, building, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. By providing hands on learning with technology through iPads, SMARTBoards, and even robots, students can see AND feel the way they are learning in the classroom.

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2. Visual learning

The different learning styles that are available can really affect the way students achieve understanding and mastery of concepts. Teachers need to be aware of the unlimited resources available to them to show their students various forms of learning. For example, elementary students may have trouble with fractions. Sites like Starfall and ABCya can show students fun and interesting visuals to help them understand.

3.  Collaboration

This is crucial in today’s society! So many students are using technology, but closing themselves off to the world. Using any Google app (Docs, Slides, Sheets) allows students to collaborate. They are able to work together no matter their location. Projects become easier for students with the option to work together.

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4.  Pace yourself!

Learning new concepts using online resources can be a major plus for so many students. While watching videos about new topics, teachers are able to pause, rewind, and repeat any parts that may seem confusing. Youtube, National Geographic, Khan Academy, and so many more sites provide video options for students for this exact reason!

5.  Real time communication

Whether in a virtual classroom or using a text app, teachers can provide information to students or parents at any time. Providing immediate feedback to students on assignments can guide them more efficiently than handing in one paper and not having any suggestions for improvement. Virtual classrooms allow students and teachers to communicate any time and any place.

What technology have you incorporated in your classroom throughout the years?

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