“I walked to school everyday…Uphill…Both ways…In the snow…Without a jacket…”
This is the tale we constantly heard from our elders as we grew up with all our of luxuries. Now, with the rapid integration of technology in the classroom, you may find yourself sounding the same way as dear old Grandma and Grandpa. We are now finding ourselves reminiscing about the days when we used chalkboards, carried textbooks or used an actual library (with books!) to do research.
Technology has been taking over the academic world in more ways than one. It has become more common for students and teachers to utilize the EdTech classroom to their advantage. The integration of technology in the classroom allows students to become more engaged and learn in ways that are familiar to them, which was never possible before.
5 Technologies that are Changing the Classroom:
1. Desktops, Notebooks, Netbooks & Tablets http://bit.ly/10uW5JS
Integrating BYOD into the classroom allows for students to participate and follow along. It gives them a chance to engage in activities and learn in a hands-on way. Tablets have the capabilities to hold hundreds of books for students to access at any time of the day to further their knowledge.
2. Video http://bit.ly/14P823E
Students no longer need to worry about rushing to take every note, while missing out on the opportunity to listen, understand and ask questions during the lecture. With the integration of video in the classroom, students can actively participate in discussions and later watch the lectures at home while learning at their own pace.
3. Software http://bit.ly/ZxUx4C
With the constant development of new software programs you can improve productivity in the classroom with the ability to automate daily tasks and collaborate worldwide. It takes away the stress of worrying about data backup, networking and security. Children can enjoy learning at their own pace by playing educational games and we can feel comforted in knowing they are in a safe and secure environment.
4. Audio Visual http://bit.ly/10q3UPb
Teachers can broaden students horizons by virtually sitting in on a lesson held on another campus or have live discussions with students on the other side of the world. With devices such as projectors, document cameras and sound amplification systems to interactive technologies you can create an optimum multi-media learning environment.
With thousands and thousands of apps dedicated to educational learning, teachers can create individual lesson plans for each student unique to their learning abilities. Students can finally be treated as an individual learner without the fear of falling behind because they don’t understand a particular subject. Apps allow students to further pursue information of specific subjects and begin to develop their unique interests.
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