The 21st century has been marked by many advancements in technology and it continues to evolve to the point that it now is taking over almost every aspect of human life. This progress is all-inclusive that even the sphere of education is not spared. New technology is now being integrated into classrooms and different curriculums to improve the quality of education and enhance the learning experience.
But just like any other aspects of progress, there are those who continue to resist and choose not to embrace the great changes that have been happening in the modern world especially in the area of teaching and learning.
It’s about time that educators start being open to different technologies that can help them teach more effectively. It’s true that certain forms of technology that are now used in education can be a distraction to students but with proper methodologies and techniques, teachers can use them to their advantage.
Teachers must start using technology and learn ways in how to do it effectively in order to engage their students and eventually enhance the whole learning process. Here are five ways on how this can be achieved:
1. Apply Technology in the Classroom
Learning can be enhanced by the opportunities offered by technology. A combination of the traditional teaching approach and modern technology is better than using just traditional techniques alone. For instance, you can initiate an oral recitation activity with a touch of technology in order to make it more engaging and you’ll see that retention of what has been learned will be better.
There are a plethora of tools available out there such as interactive maps, PowerPoint presentations, videos, ebooks, virtual tours or even movies and documentaries. Using such educational materials that are made accessible through modern technology will make your lessons become more interesting and interactive.
2. Encourage Individual Learning
Technology makes it possible for students to learn on their own and adjust things to their own pace. You need to be aware of this and start giving them sources that they can access online. This helps encourage critical thinking and independence and as they do even more individual learning, they’ll be able to address unique needs that can help them grow in the areas where they excel.
Individual learning also encourages resourcefulness in helping students discover even more on subjects that interest them and learn the skills that they want to develop. And with your guidance as a teacher, they’ll eventually be able to take advantage of the thirst for knowledge that they have within and learn how to use it to their own advantage.
3. Aids in Assessing Milestones
With all the online tools and downloadable software and applications available for teachers to use, the task of measuring every student’s progress becomes easier. Assessing different teaching styles and techniques is also possible. This gives teachers a wider perspective on every student’s capabilities which can then be used in improving the approach being used in teaching.
Technology truly helps teachers deliver a more personalized learning experience. Thanks to the tools and the technologies that make all of these things possible.
4. Demonstrate Theory in the Real World
The concepts that are being discussed in textbooks are essential but without practical demonstration, all those things will remain as ideas in the mind of your students. Technology can help bridge the gap as it allows students to see how theories and lessons are applied in the real world.
For instance, the effects of illegal logging can be easier to comprehend when you have a documentary that shows what it’s actually like in different regions of the world. Technology reinforces concepts and drives lessons forward so they can easily be understood. After showing your students a video or documentary, you can then discuss it and encourage participation through recitation or a debate.
5. Be Creative in Using Technology
Smartphones, tablets and even YouTube are banned in other schools but this shouldn’t be a reason for you to be discouraged. Instead, think of ways to use these gadgets and resources in a creative way. You can set up a YouTube Channel specifically for the lessons that you want to discuss and make it open for your students so they can upload their presentations and other projects that involve video or audio into it.
Doing this will encourage creativity and even help them learn new skills especially in the area of video production, editing and other skills related to it. If you’re teaching a subject that involves writing, you can encourage your students to use portable typewriters to help them focus on writing instead of letting themselves be distracted by the things that are happening around them.
Technology is the Future
It’s a fact that technology can easily become a distraction but it can also offer plenty of advantages especially in the area of education and learning. And since technology only grows as it moves forward, the future will surely be dominated by it. This is why students need to be exposed to these things.
And as a teacher, you are one of the guiding force who can effectively teach them how to use technology responsibly. Teach them good Internet manners and encourage them to be mindful and conscientious as they use it. Technology is going to rule the future so it’s important to educate the present generation about the ins and outs of it. This way, we can be assured of a better world!