It’s already clear that modern students are familiar with and eager to use existing and emerging technology. As teachers, this brings up a lot of exciting chances for teachers to integrate their teaching methods with specific forms of technology. Along the way, teachers may find that their jobs are at least a little bit easier, and students may be more engaged in the learning process. Are there other benefits as well?
Increased Student Engagement
Before moving on to a few of the many benefits of bringing technology into the classroom, take a closer look at how student engagement is improved. One great example of this is the variety of tools that allow teachers to ask a question and receive answers from every student in the class and, in some cases, even students who aren’t in the physical classroom. Similarly, students can ask questions without posing them in front of the rest of the class and receive answers from the teacher.
Improved Retention of Information
Interactive presentations are visually appealing and capture the interest of students who are used to speedy clips of information. These presentations may include virtual field trips to art museums, underground caves, magnificent examples of architecture, courtrooms, music halls, and scientific laboratories. In addition to field trips, this technology makes it possible for biology teachers to take students deep into the human body and for astronomy teachers to give students glimpses of outer space. When students are interested and engaged in the learning process, they are more likely to remember what they’ve learned.
Preparation for Use of Technology
At least one of the goals of education is to prepare students for entering the workforce. In today’s environment, familiarity with and comfort using technology is a must. Students must be prepared to put together presentations, understand and send emails, practice appropriate online etiquette, fill out forms, and recognize reliable sources of online information. Experienced teachers may find that they are learning along with students when it comes to these skills.
Logistical Convenience and Time Savings
Online word processing programs allow teachers to receive student papers without worrying about the assignments getting lost or students leaving their names off the pages. Instead of writing notes on the chalkboard for students to copy, notes can be sent directly to students. Teachers could also choose to lecture while students type notes directly into their computers. Assigning and correcting assessments is also simpler when delivered online. Digital records of student performance can also help a teacher show parents the progression of their students’ efforts and results.
For many teachers, one of the most impressive benefits of modern technology is the chance to work with students individually, so they can learn at their own paces. There are so many ways for students to learn that teachers are often required to present information in a variety of formats. Modern tools and resources offer solutions for this challenge.
Better Use of Teachers’ Time
Of course, teachers’ time is extremely valuable. With so many hours spent at the front of the classroom, it’s hard for teachers to find enough time to correct assignments, prepare new information, and engage in their own continuing education. With modern tools that simplify tasks such as preparing grades and creating presentations, teachers have more time to devote to related, outside of class activities.
The internet and related technology have drastically changed the ways people teach and learn. As emerging generations of students are already engaging in the use of technology, it’s crucial that teachers keep pace. The benefits of using modern tools include better results, increased retention (and scores), time savings, and more convenience for teachers. Are you already using modern technology in your classroom? What benefits have you experienced?