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Why is Technology Important for Students?

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Technology, like computers and smartphones, is probably a part of everyday life for you and your family. You may think of them as something you use for games, music videos, or talking with friends. Technology also has an important role to play in your education, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Kids Are Growing Up with Technology

By the time students begin going to school, they are already comfortable with using technology. You may have been playing with a smartphone game or sneaking on your parents’ computer to watch cartoons before you knew how to talk. Combining technology with the lesson plan is an easier change for young students than going to class and writing on paper all day.

Allows Students to Learn at Their Own Pace

Not every student picks up new information at the same speed. You may have ended a class before feeling like you did not fully understand the material. If a student falls behind in class because they are absent due to being sick, it can make it even harder to catch up to the rest of the class.

When the class notes are available online, a student can take the time that they need to review the lesson until they feel ready to move to the next one.

Tech Has Lots of Tools and Information for Students

With technology like the Internet, you can find out nearly anything in the world in just a few minutes. Teachers can use technology for in-class activities, class quizzes, videos, and other interactive studies. Technology can also be easier for students with disabilities or for students who have problems moving their hands to write.

Students Can Take Tests and Do Work with Technology

Doing homework and tests on paper means that students and teachers have to physically meet each other to pass papers. With the use of technology, you can finish your homework and instantly submit it. Now, you won’t have to worry about forgetting it at home the next day and teachers can have all the students work in the same spot.

Less work on paper means you need fewer school supplies like Scantrons, pencils, notebooks, and more. A digital record of your work is also easier to review if you want to refresh yourself on a subject or prepare for a big test.

Today, Technology Is Used Everywhere

You probably have one or two jobs in mind for when you become an adult. No matter what types of jobs you have in mind, it will require the use of technology.

Police officers use technology to help look for clues hidden in the evidence. Scientists use technology to pull together large amounts of information from experiments. Racecar drivers use simulations to improve their speed on the real tracks. Airplane pilots spend dozens of hours in a simulator before they fly.

If you search online for the job of your dreams and how it uses technology, you can learn more about how learning tech now can help you later.

Technology Is Fun

All types of technology let you do fun learning activities that you could not do without them. Educational games can turn solving math problems, reading about history, or other school work into a fun and interactive experience. You can learn about physics and pretend to be a pilot with an airplane simulator. Instead of building with blocks, you can build with a computer program that gives you infinite pieces. If you’re interested in music, you can find an entire orchestra inside an audio creation program.

There are endless ways to mix technology and learning together into exciting adventures that make students look forward to going to class. Making students love learning is the most important thing that technology can do.

1:1 Implementation Tips

1_1-Implementation-Tips-315One-to-One computing, though full of promise, comes with a myriad of challenges. For instance, compatibility issues with some programs may derail the implementation process. Finding the right balance between Chromebook instruction and teacher-led sessions is not easy. Then, you also have to take into account the inevitable attempt to access inappropriate content. Put together; these issues can make 1:1 implementation a significant headache.

Fortunately, there is a way around most of these hurdles. Here are 11 tips to help you successfully implement the program with minimal trouble.

1. Organize classroom furniture strategically

The furniture should be arranged so that you (the teacher) can monitor student devices to make sure the students staying on task. In addition to improving focus, this can go a long way in preventing access to inappropriate content.

2. Provide digital copies of all material used in the classroom

This gives students an opportunity to reference the material at home and during discussions. In addition, the content can be organized and stored on Google Classroom.

3. Create an individualized playlist for each student

The playlist (or digital agenda) should contain the activities that the student is required to accomplish over a specified period. The list can include websites to visit, videos to watch, content to read, and so forth.

4. Ask students to create story arcs

Story arcs help students organize their ideas and remain on track in pursuit of their goals. Arcs can be created with Google Draw. To make the arcs more fun students should be allowed to add to their arcs visual representations from their learning sessions.

5. Incorporate video content to engage students

Interactive content from TED Talks, animated videos from Brain Pop, and educational material from Khan Academy would be a good start. These resources, alongside your own teaching videos, can be uploaded to Google Classroom to reinforce ideas at home.

6. Encourage note-taking to hone strategies and routines

To get students in the habit of reading on their own and strategizing it’s essential to teach them how to take notes. Use Google Docs to help them create note-taking tools and sharpen their note-taking skills at the same time.

7. Showcase student work around the classroom

Students generally feel more motivated when the teacher and other students take notice of their work and appreciate their effort. Pinning their creations around the classroom inspire them to work even harder.

8. Use subject-specific apps to encourage learning

There are many apps you can use to spice up your lessons. PhET Interactive Simulations, for instance, allows students to perform science experiments on their laptops without the need for equipment. Near Pod is another app to consider. Therefore, it makes it easy for teachers to create new learning adventures for grades K-12.

9. Encourage group projects and general collaboration

Allow students to work on group projects to encourage idea sharing and instill social responsibility. Collaboration also improves learners’ communication skills.

10. Collaborate on subjects with your students

Aside from encouraging your students to collaborate among themselves, you can join in the fun. Chromebooks fully support teacher-student collaboration. Login and provide useful feedback to individuals and groups at any time, from any location!

11. Give them a real audience

After students have completed working on their projects, ask them to present their work in front of the class. This will not only increase competition among the students but is an excellent way to boost self-confidence in learners. If there’s not enough time for everyone to present to the whole class, ask students to break into small groups and present.

And Finally

Many schools have found great success in using formative assessment games such as Kahoot to collect data which can later be used to gauge how well students understand learning material. Divide the class into groups, ask each group to create quizzes on Kahoot, and review how each member of the group performs.

Will 1 to 1 Technology and Bring Your Own Device Increase Student Engagement?

Will 1 to 1 Technology and Bring Your Own Device Increase Student Engagement_Technology is no stranger within the classroom these days. College professors frequently make use of clickers that allow them to electronically poll students for a pop quiz or find that one student willing to answer a question in a massive auditorium of freshmen.

Teachers have been showing movies to educate for decades. The Internet now offers a much wide selection of quality material at low prices.

Is there a place for technology in the classroom?

A 2003 study showed 87% of teachers believe computers can offer improvements in the classroom. At the same time, there is the issue of motivating students who are disinterested in classroom participation. Now, schools look to classroom technology to improve learning.

Both one-to-one technology and bring your own device (BYOD) programs make use of personal electronic devices and learning software. These devices enhance the learning experience with the core difference being how those devices are acquired.

What is 1:1?

In one-to-one, the school purchases and assigns devices (computers, tablets) to students. Sometimes restricting use to the classroom and other times allowing students to take the devices home.

What is BYOD?

In a BYOD program, the student has to bring a compatible device of their own. One of the underlying issues with BYOD programs will be the students who cannot afford to purchase their own devices. Particularly for courses that require more computational power than you would find in a relatively new smartphone.

Without a supplemental program to provide devices, these students will be unable to participate in activities that require them thereby reducing their engagement in classroom activities.

Will devices help our kids learn?

Assuming the school can ensure all students are able to participate in the program, the potential student engagement seems to be complementary to traditional learning methods.

Once students and teachers are both comfortable with the learning medium, it opens up a host of options that aren’t available in a paper format. Students can access Internet resources and applications that teach, test, and track quiz results. Eliminating the need for teachers to spend time passing out and grading assessment tests, a common source of classroom stress.

Conversely, if device-based learning goes as far as online courses or devices overtake the classroom’s curriculum, losing the physical school community can disengage students. It will be difficult for teachers to understand and help their students. Although online courses do make it easier for students to access their lessons.

Additional impacts of 1:1 learning

With digital books, the student will carry less weight. A day’s schedule of books can easily weigh 30 pounds or more.

The impact of switching to screens over paper for reading material is still undergoing scientific study. There may be a small performance reduction for students who were used to paper learning before the introduction of primarily screen-based learning programs.

Conclusion

E-learning is helping students across educational all levels and socioeconomic spectrums as long as it’s implemented along with traditional learning methods. Special attention must be paid to students having trouble with the transition.

Administrators and teachers have to work together to develop a curriculum. Blending e-learning with tried and true methods already in place if they wish to create a successful one-to-one learning program. Have a need for more effective management and communication within your 1:1 program? Our software and system can help you gain efficiencies while saving costs. Contact us today.