Modern technology has revolutionized our lives beyond recognition, and it is having an ever-increasing positive effect on us as individuals and as a society.
It’s hard to imagine life without computers, cell phones, and other gadgets of today. While many consider this level of technological advancement to be a curse because they often distract people from more important things in their lives, I would argue that we should see it as a boost since so much of what we do now has something attached to it – computer software, apps, and online services.
Software and mobile applications are built using someone else’s concept of how things work, which helps guarantee they will work properly. People have come up with some incredible ideas about educating students, and digital learning tools can be designed to make them even better.
1) Use technology to enhance classroom experience
There are many ways that technology can be used in educational settings to help students learn and teachers teach. These strategies range from using interactive tools such as Google Apps for Students or YouTube lessons, to replacing some of the teaching methods we have now with new technologies like MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
Some examples include using technology to facilitate group work, use it to create assignments, apply concepts, test out knowledge, etc. The key is to find applications for the tool that fit your curriculum and promote learning.
There are also apps designed to directly aid in education such as E-Textbooks and Gpa.com which allow you to read books and look up terms while saving you money!
Finally, there are tech tools that actively monitor and improve the student’t academic performance. Companies like TurnToNow offer online tutoring services and grade tracking features so parents do not need to worry about whether their child is attending class and what grades they are getting.
Overall, educating young people is an ever changing process that requires different approaches. Technology can play a crucial part in this process by enhancing the classroom environment and helping students and educators perform their jobs better.
2) 1) Provide extra tutoring sessions
A growing number of educational institutions are offering online education or digital learning courses to students. Some even offer completely free, interactive lessons and materials that can be accessed at any time.
Many feel this approach is more effective than just giving students an education in books that they must remember and retain through frequent studying.
By providing easy access to information, people learn faster. This is especially true for millennials who grew up with technology and have adapted to new media like the internet and social networking sites.
Online courses give you direct access to what you want to learn so there is no need to go outside sources to find it. It also gives you greater flexibility as you do not have to attend class nor meet face-to-face with instructors and teachers.
These benefits apply particularly to those students that may experience academic stress due to limited resources and help. Online courses can be accessible from anywhere and typically cost less money because they are paid for via mobile devices or credit cards.
3) 2) Record and share lessons with students
A growing number of educational technology tools allow teachers to create, store, and easily access lesson materials and assignments. These resources can be organized and made accessible through software, mobile apps, or both.
Many educators have taken advantage of these resources to improve student learning. Through blogs, YouTube videos, and written material, students are able to learn new concepts from experts in their field.
Furthermore, some schools use interactive teaching methods that require no equipment beyond a smartphone. Tools like Google Classroom make it easy to organize and update students on what is happening during classes, review materials, and communicate effectively with peers and professors.
These tools give students more ways to independently explore ideas while also enhancing teacher-student relationships. When students feel connected to their instructors and other students, they are likely to pay closer attention and ask more questions.
4) 3) Do not rely on technology for tests or assignments
Even if you are using some sort of digital tool to test students, make sure it is not replacing the face-to-face classroom experience. A good lesson plan has both components; there’s no way to effectively test understanding without giving your student time to think about the material.
In fact, many teachers now require their students to take an online exam as a requirement to graduate. This can be very problematic because most high schools do not provide enough quality education due to budget cuts.
Students who are unprepared will likely fail the class and that failure could potentially hurt their grade point average (GPA). Because of this, they may be forced to drop the course, which could affect them later in life.
5) 4) Use technology for learning to read digital books
In-depth reading is one of the most fundamental skills that every student should have, but it can be difficult to get some students motivated to read beyond a few pages at a time.
There are many ways you can use technology to help teach students how to read. You can create accounts for them so they can browse through and learn about new topics via YouTube or other sites. Or you could ask their teacher if there are any resources available that they know about.
Some teachers make sure that each student has an iPad or smartphone with them during class, which helps facilitate in-class listening and easy access to educational apps.
Reading apps such as Kindle, Google Play, and Apple’s own iBooks can also aid in teaching students how to read. By creating short assignments using these applications, students will quickly find themselves able to identify familiar words and phrases.
6) 5) 1) Give students opportunities to ask questions
A lot of educational theories emphasize the importance of asking questions. This is good, because we as adults spend a significant amount of time talking about things and educating others by posing questions and seeking answers.
As educators, it can feel like we are doing this already, but how many times have you noticed that some students get lucky and get a few great questions answered?
That doesn’t happen very often at school, though. Students may ask a question during class, but there isn’t much opportunity for them to talk outside of lessons. They might be able to pose a question via chat or social media apps, but these aren’t designed to give quality responses.
There are lots of ways technology can help with student engagement. Here are six easy ways to do this.
1) Use real-time communication tools
Many schools use messaging systems such as Slack or Google Classroom to send messages to students. These keep people in the loop and create an interactive environment where everyone contributes.
Students can reply directly to the message which helps promote literacy and understanding of other languages!
2) Allow for group work
Group projects and classroom discussions are both important parts of learning. By having access to resources and software that allow groups to form easily, students will enjoy coming together to brainstorm, discuss ideas, and work together.
7) 6) 1) Provide guidance when needed
In our constantly-connected world, students no longer need to rely on teachers or parents to tell them what to do next. With the availability of almost limitless information via your phone, computer, television, and other devices, they can find it for themselves!
Some experts refer to this as “digital natives” because of how easily technology makes them feel comfortable. These people have grown up using technology and are able to take advantage of all of its features.
However, this also means that they can access too much information at a very young age. Therefore, there is a challenge to teach these kids about limiting their exposure to media while still giving them the tools to learn.
There are many ways we can use technology to help educate our youth.
8) 7) 2) Give students the freedom to choose their own learning methods
A growing number of educational programs have moved away from requiring all courses to be taught in a specific way that has been determined by the instructor or school. This is called teaching students “choice-based education” because they give students the option to pick what classes they want to take, how they want to learn, and what materials they desire to use for studying.
This system rewards those who are good at managing their time effectively and individuals with different learning styles can find success within choice-based systems.
For example, some people learn better when they listen rather than read, while others learned well in past generations where oral tradition was important. By offering these options, your student can choose the lesson style that works best for them!
There are many online resources available today that allow you to easily create your own classroom environments or lessons. You can put up interactive maps, review videos, or create quizzes and tests using any software such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office, or Apple Pages.