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.
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.
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