Having some type of technology in a classroom can improve the environment of the class and allow students to engage in the class more. Technology has expanded the access to education greatly and with the introduction of technology in the classroom, students have the ability to use other sources besides the teacher like Khan Academy, Grammarly, and Quizlet. A study from 2011 shows how a calculus teacher, Stacey Roshan, used video lessons assigned as homework instead of a lecture for the class. Class time was used to answer and work out problems students had. Students scored an average of 4.11 on the AP calculus test with the video lessons, and in previous years students scored an average of 3.59 with the traditional way of teaching.
Technology is beneficial throughout the world. “Technology can be used in facilitating collaborative learning. Smartboards can be used inside of the classroom to engage student learning, laptops and mobile devices are for personal use inside or outside the classroom” (Paddick). In schools, teachers use technology to help students on powerpoint, google classroom, even contact parents for achievements, homework updates or creating assignments. “Software, such as Prometheans ClassFlow allows teachers to plan interactive, multimedia-rich lessons and create assessments and assignments that can be delivered across a range of technologies for use in and out of classrooms” (Paddick).
Radio, television, computers are available and all this aid in facilitating learning. You can even read ahead of a teacher because course materials are readily available. This also help me to work at my own pace and gain more understanding. 10.3 SOCIAL CONTEXT In the society today parents now know the importance of educational technology. The world have become so developed that every home wants to have a computer just to help their children with assignments and study.
Technology nowadays has a great impact in teachers, not only in the teachers but also in the students as well. They use it to gain more knowledge or ideas that they can use for everyday life. As a student and as a teacher technology is important to us. For example, in making our assignments instead of going to the libraries to find some references that are related to your topic, you can browse the ‘net’ even though you are at home. Today, students engaged with other devices like laptops, smartphones, and others in the classroom.
The Benefits of Technology in the Classroom In recent years, technology has evolved to help students in the classroom. Now technology is “used to support both teaching and learning” (Website). This website also goes on to state that, “technology expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; builds 21st century skills; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning” (Website). Technology in schools is beneficial to students because the students are able to go at their own pace, benefits all types of learners, and gets kids ready for the real world. The evolution of technology in the classroom helps students by letting them work at their own pace: “Educational apps allow for students to progress at their own pace.
Digital technology in education is used for many things, including building teacher’s curriculum, increasing productivity in students, and even finding a common ground between life at school and home. Furthermore, the influence of digital technology in education has pushed for further integration, affecting schools all across the world. A study by Alan C.K. Cheung (2013) stated the following: The use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms has been gaining tremendous momentum across the country since the 1990s. Many school districts have been investing heavily in various types of technology, such as computers, mobile devices, internet access, and interactive whiteboards.
Barkley (2013) stated, “Technology has been a boon to teachers and students in making learning ‘come alive’ and hold interest of all students” (p.1). Many students enter the classroom with a real world background where they use electronics such as phones, iPod, tablets, and laptop. However, students will engage in learning more about social studies due to the usage of such technologies in the classroom. To make learning come alive, students access the Internet through phone, laptop, tablet, kindle, and other electronics to view articles and videos online based on the lesson. It has been said, “effective technology integration offers opportunities to enhance social studies instruction and to increase student motivation while preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become good citizens, which are the fundamental goals of the social studies” (Heafner, 2016).
It allows teachers to save what they have written or drawn and be able to send to students email via the internet. Science and mathematics students generate graphs and measurements can be displayed easily in the smart board. The Smart board can be used in all subject areas and even it is a good tool for students with special needs. The Smart board plays a vital role to storing information for long-term memory (cognitivism) by playing interactive educational games, videos, and other activities. The Smart board helps to develop the constructivism by allowing students to constructing projects by using an interactive educational web page or
The question whether the use of technology in the classroom is more harmful or useful is debatable, but the benefits far outweigh the harm. The use of technology in the classroom plays an important role in improving students’ educational skills and knowledge. Independent learning is encouraged and access to information is quick and easy. The answer to any question is merely a click away. Students are able to keep up to date and informed of the latest news, information and discoveries, and they have a number of resources available to them to learn from.
Teachers also believe that PowerPoint makes the content more appealing which draw the attention of the students easily (P.42). Multimedia technology is probably one of the most exciting innovations in the information age. The rapid growth of multimedia technologies over the last decade has brought about fundamental changes to computing, entertainment, and education (Norhayati & Siew 2004). Margie & Liu, (1996) Multimedia has the potential to create high quality learning environments. With the capability of creating a more realistic learning context through its different media and allowing a learner to take control, interactive multimedia can provide an effective learning environment to different kinds of