Eight Benefits Technology Brings to the Classroom

By Rob Klindt

Classroom technolgy like tablet computers encourages children to embrace learning.The introduction of modern technology in schools started slowly in the 1990s with computer labs, later followed by Internet access and interactive white boards in classrooms. Today’s technology — including tablets, e-books, social media, smartphones and mobile apps — is quickly transforming the entire classroom experience for teachers and students.

In addition to the practical benefits these new devices deliver, classroom learning is getting better. Below are eight ways technology is improving the classroom environment and how teachers are using many of the new tech tools.

Collaboration

Students are often enamored with technology and eager to share what they’ve learned when using it. A great way teachers can channel that enthusiasm and build collaboration in the classroom is to make group assignments that use tech tools and let students divide the work among themselves and work together to finish the assignment.

Communication

Technology can be a great tool for fostering communication with students and their parents beyond the classroom. Social media, Web-based conference tools and even tablet and smartphone apps can be customized for classroom use.

Equal access

Technology is quickly changing how students learn in today’s classrooms. It’s important that all students have equal access to the Internet because teachers are often assigning homework requiring Internet use. Other tech tools, including tablet devices and digital apps, also are needed as more schools switch to e-textbooks.

Job skills

Because technology is playing an increasing role in the national and world economy, students need to learn to use technology in practical ways that will help prepare them to enter the 21st century workforce.

Organization

Whether a teacher is looking to create a digital portfolio, electronic grade book or a classroom organizer, there’s an online tech tool for it. These tools can help take the drudgery out of classroom management and allow educators to focus more on teaching.

Peer tutoring

As mentioned above, students who enjoy using technology are often eager to share what they’ve learned. These students make excellent peer tutors in many subjects including English, reading, mathematics or science. Studies suggest peer tutoring helps students to learn from each other in the classroom.

Specialized learning

Technology allows teachers to create specialized lesson plans for students based on their individual needs, learning style or language. This allows students more time to focus on the material and learn at their own pace.

Student engagement

Because many students are already using technology such as cellphones and tablet computers outside of school, they’re more likely to respond to the use of technology in the classroom. There are numerous apps, online programs and games that teachers can find on the Internet and include in lesson plans.

As technology continues to grow in the 21st century,  high-quality education will increasingly require technical literacy by K-12 students on many fronts, whether they are pursuing a college degree or joining the nation’s high-tech workforce.

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Helen Brunner, “Equal Internet Access Is a K-12 Must-Have,” Education Week.

Cindy Donaldson, “The Top 10 Tech Skills Your Teen Needs Now,” Education.com.

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