Technology In The Classroom

As new technology is increasingly used in learning and teaching in higher education, our job as teachers is not to “prepare” students for something; our job is to help students learn to prepare themselves for anything. That’s why implementing educational technology is important for our students. Today’s students have not just changed incrementally from those of the past, nor simply changed their clothes, styles or slang, as has happened between generations previously.

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“Digital Natives” are a cultural subset of teens and young professionals that have grown up immersed in the digital world where the Internet, personal computers, video game contents, mobile devices and modern technology are a commonplace convenience. Students coming into universities today are “digital natives” and fundamentally different in their use of technology than the “digital immigrants” [1], today’s students are the first to grow up with ubiquitous digital devices and instant access to information via the Internet.

Here is a list of good reasons your college should implement technology in the classroom.

Integrating technology into the classroom is definitely a great way to reach diversity in learning styles. Mobile Learning is a good choice. If used correctly, will help prepare students for their future careers, which will inevitably include the use of wireless technology [2]. When mobile technology is readily available in the classroom, students are able to access the most up-to-date information quicker and easier than ever before.

Integrating technology in education everyday helps students stay engaged. Today’s students love technology so they are sure to be interested in learning if they can use the tools they love. Active Classroom Software (Pear Deck, Google Hangout) is a good idea. It gives students the chance to interact with their classmates more by encouraging collaboration.

Digital Content, Books.

Student can have access to digital media (e-books, videos, teacher’s blogs) that are constantly updated and often more helpful and creative. Students become more responsible. Technology helps students take more control over their own learning. They learn how to make their own decisions and actually think for themselves.[3]

With technology, the classroom the teacher becomes the adviser and coach. Create a happier classroom community. Students are excited about being able to use technology and therefore are more apt to learn.

References:

[1] Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants part 1. On the horizon, 9(5), 1–6.
[2] Website: securedgenetworks.com, Ashley Wainwright, 2016
[3] Arends, R. (2014). Learning to teach. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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