Extravagant ways in which technology is used to support educational goals

Dec

5

2016

It’s no secret to anyone that technology is promising, and that it already has a pioneering role in education. It makes students learn faster, become starter, and achieve greater things in life without spending a lot of money. But then again, buying kids computers, placing them in their rooms and waiting for the magic to happen won’t cut it. That’s not a smart way to use technology and help students use it to attain academic success.

Back in the 80s, when classrooms barely had one computer, teachers and professors had their doubts. Not all believed in the potential of technology, and that was because the software was not advanced. Most educators couldn’t understand computers either, and they could help students use it the right way. Things have changed, and right now (30 years later), we know what advanced technology can do.

Technology is no longer intimidating

We’ve stepped into a whole new world of advanced technology; an era that will most likely change everything we thought we knew about smart devices. The use of pioneering software programs, cool devices and smart gadgets no longer intimidates us. The use of technology in business is both expected and accepted. Many schools and universities welcome students to bring their own laptops and tablets into the classroom. Furthermore, such devices have the potential to make learning easier and much more engaging.

Technology – an indispensable tool in the classroom

Technology is now an indispensable tool that can change completely the way students learn. Educators want them to put their smart devices to good use. The tools available are a perfect means for exploration. However, before it can be used effectively, technology must be understood as both a learning and a teaching medium. Tech-rich classrooms employ the internet to access information easier, get results using chart, and videos to make learning processes effortless.

Educators now encourage a wealth of outcomes as opposed to insisting getting a single straight answer to an academic issue. They use technology to perform evaluations, rather than rely on conventional pencil tests and papers. What’s even more important is that both students and teachers can relocate from following individual learning to group learning; which fosters creativity and team spirit. Active learning is rarely a neat, clean process. Students that learn in groups and participate actively in the classroom can understand a concept or process much faster.
Authentic learning with advanced technology

Learning and activity environments have to be carefully structured and guides so that learners can become fully engaged and motivated. Professors, teachers, and educators must understand that if a student asks a question or investigates a concept, writing down what they’ve learned and doing it in a creative, authentic context is the best way to grow and expand their academic knowledge. Tech-rich classrooms are not meant to compel students to “learn” technology. Technology is just a tool that must be used in an original way to activate authentic learning. It should be treated as a means, not as an end.

Digital learning tools must be employed to:

•    Foster active learning experiences as a whole. Learning modules can be accessed and developed 24/7 to reinforce and introduce learning concepts and become a foundation for developing knowledge through text, video and audio integration.
•    Assess understanding and promote engagement in real time. Audience responsive systems, also known as clickers, are a collaborative form of interactive technology that compels instructors to ask questions and get straight answers from students.
•    Collaborative learning support. Collaborating with peers when learning demands students to work together; become a team and brainstorm ideas to fix an issue, apply a concept and craft a product based on given curricular material. Group pages, discussion boards, wikis and blogs promote project management, communication, consensus building and co-creation of a solution.

There are many tools students can use to assess their own work, including spell checkers, grammar checkers (Grammarly), grading tools such as Turnitin, and anti-plagiarism tools. This way they get feedback – whether positive or negative; feedback helps improve writing style and research abilities, thus persuading the student to come up with excellent papers. Professors can use a parent mail to let parents know about the successes or failure of their kids, and as technology evolves and is used right the academic success of the students improves as well.

 

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