There is a lot of discussion on how technology can help education. From toddlers to teenagers, today’s children are more dependent on tech-savvy and technology than ever before. Unfortunately, although it has its benefits, it is undeniable. Technology overload can be due to social withdrawal, too many hours on the Internet and addiction to sports, smartphones and social media. So wouldn’t it be better to keep the devices out of the classroom and stick to proven teaching methods?
Well, not necessarily.
Experts agree that by using the right method, technology can enhance the learning experience. And not only for the students, either. But also for teachers. Of course, technology should never, and never should, replace the lord of flesh-and-blood.
With that, the benefits of blended learning to teachers are constantly being seen. And if new technologies improve the learning experience, isn’t it logical that teachers are ready to adopt them? But how does technology actually help teachers create more productive and effective learning environments? And what can the students achieve?
let’s take a look.
Help teachers overcome challenges in the classroom
Ask any teacher what their biggest challenges are in the classroom and they will definitely mention at least one (and perhaps many) of the following:
- Buddled individuals who are easily bored, or who have very short attention spans;
- Various and conflicting personalities: those who shine, those who are disruptive, those who are extroverted and those who like to hide behind the classroom.
- Constantly thinking of novel and innovative ways to keep students interested, motivated and entertained
- Promote participation and participation of all.
- Work with large class numbers, often involving students of varying learning levels.
- tailored support to meet the individual needs of each student.
- Stay within the syllabus, paperwork, stay on top of the program and implement strict lesson plans.
Smart technology adds a new dimension to traditional teaching methods that help teachers overcome these challenges.
Showing up, not counting
Tools such as screwdrivers and whiteboards allow teachers to take a more “show-taking,” approach. This makes it easier to explain complex topics such as a difficult math problem or literacy activity because the use of pictures helps students to absorb information and understand a subject quickly.
Give students cognitive options
Technology and interactive devices promote autonomy and responsibility. And, when students have more control over their learning and decision-making, they are more motivated and invest in the learning process. Proactive and collaborative learning also takes the teacher away from the front of the class and allows him to take on a more mentor role.
Provide additional support to those who need it.
Applications and software programs can be used to meet the individual needs of students at various stages of learning. This is particularly beneficial in the early stage, where smaller schools often combine their grade levels. Younger students become fascinated with gadgets and devices. Therefore, tablets, applications, software programs, and interactive tools can be used in educational environments to improve their language and literacy skills to help teachers respond to each child’s individual needs.
Of course, the technology works well for older students as well. Wireless and cloud technology, for example, gives them access to the latest information and data at the touch of a button.
Technology helps to break down the barriers of formal and authoritarian learning. Much more positive feedback to students in a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment. Research shows that young children, in particular, learn better and are much better at solving logical problems through play.
Catchbox is a perfect example of how technology can be used to bring fun to the classroom. Soft, disposable microphones add a new dimension to group activities such as group discussion, discussion and sports. Encourage participation and help the shyest students come out of their shells. Watch the video where the catch box is being used in the morning assembly at XCury International School.
Technology in special needs education
Technology can go a long way to help students with learning disabilities and cross the playground with their peers while enhancing their autonomy. Mild touchscreen tablets are easy to use for students with motor skills difficulties and cognitive challenges. He is also an excellent alternative communicator for students with verbal challenges. And they can provide additional reading and writing support for people with dyslexia. Tablets and smart apps are particularly beneficial as educational support for students suffering from autism and ASD.
The frustration of not being able to communicate effectively contributes greatly to behaviour problems and can cause classroom disruption. Tablets and smart apps can help these children express their thoughts and feelings and validate them. They can encourage them to interact and collaborate more easily in a group setting.
But this is not only for children
Teachers often complain that they spend more time on paperwork and lesson planning than on actual teaching. Like time-saving software tools and programs, technology can actually work here, allowing teachers to create lesson plans and manage them more easily while automating time-consuming and heavy tasks. Additionally, tracking tools can help them monitor kids progress, make and grade assignments and even enhance their own professional development. Of course, meetings held are an essential part of communication between employees and parents. But not everyone has the opportunity to express their thoughts, opinions or concerns.
Here again, technology like catch box can help. Take it to the next staff or parent meeting, pass it or throw it to the audience for a spontaneous question and answer session. This is a great way to break the ice, create a more relaxed and informal environment and give everyone a chance to have a say, which in turn will lead to a more productive gathering.
Technology will not soon take over traditional teaching. But, if used properly, it can greatly enhance the educational experience. By embracing technology, you are taking a positive step towards a happier, more enjoyable and effective learning environment for students of all ages and abilities. And it will also facilitate your own life. What techniques are you using in the classroom to improve your lessons? And what technical tools have you found most effective? Tell us in the comments section.
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