A common objective that unites teachers across the world is to help students learn. The closure of educational institutes during the pandemic compelled teachers to instantly embrace new techniques of online education and understand the importance of using technology in the classroom.
For educators, technology is opening up unique and practical options to enhance and motivate young minds. Today, there is thriving enthusiasm around the ability for assistive technology, virtual and augmented reality, high-tech collaboration tools, gamification, podcasting, blogging, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, personalized learning, and much more.
Let us see how technology is becoming a helping hand for teachers to impart education:
Personalized Learning Opportunities
Technology allows 24/7 access to educational resources. Classes can take place entirely online via the use of a laptop or mobile device. Hybrid versions of learning combine the use of technology from anywhere with regular in-person classroom sessions. In both scenarios, the use of technology to tailor learning plans for each student is possible. Teachers can create lessons based on student interests and strengths. An added benefit is that students can learn at their own pace. When they need to review class material to get a better understanding of essential concepts, students can review videos in the lesson plan. The data generated through these online activities enable teachers to see which students struggled with certain subjects and offer additional assistance and support.
Connects You With Your Students
Technology can help teachers form better relationships with their students and their colleagues. For example, 84% of teachers report using the internet at least weekly to find content that will engage students. Integrating technology into your lesson plans as well as using it to expand your knowledge of subject matter can make a significant difference in the classroom.
Technology will undoubtedly continue to evolve, and it’s important to adjust your classroom style to align with its advancements.
“Take the risk. Try something new. You never really know how effective a tool or approach will be until you try it. Using technology for teaching also encourages critical thinking skills. Just dive in.”
Curiosity Driven by Engaging Content
Through engaging and educational content, teachers can spark inquisitiveness in children and boost their curiosity, which research says has ties to academic success. Curiosity helps students get a better understanding of math and reading concepts. Creating engaging content can involve the use of AR, videos, or podcasts. For example, when submitting assignments, students can include videos or interact with students from across the globe.
Improved Teacher Productivity and Efficiency
Teachers can leverage technology to achieve new levels of productivity, implement useful digital tools to expand learning opportunities for students, and increase student support and engagement. It also enables teachers to improve their instruction methods and personalize learning. Schools can benefit from technology by reducing the costs of physical instructional materials, enhancing educational program efficiency, and making the best use of teacher time.
Creates a More Engaged Environment
You may think technology is just a distraction, but it can help encourage active participation in your classroom. Using devices like a computer, tablet, or another type of technology in your classroom can help turn traditionally dull subjects into interactive and fun activities.
Teachers have observed an increased frequency of students helping each other when they’re using technology in the classroom. Many technology-based tasks involve other aspects, and this leads to situations where students need to seek help from their peers or the teacher. Additionally, when students are assigned to small groups, the students who are more technologically advanced can assist their inexperienced peers.
Prepares Children for the Future
According to a study, nine out of 10 students indicated that using technology in the classroom would help prepare them for the digital future. By teaching students skills like PowerPoint, you can help set your students up for success. Introducing instructional technology in the classroom at a young age can help prepare students for future digital demands.