In this digital age, technology has changed and improved many aspects of our lives. Learning and teaching are no exception. It’s been shown over and over again that technology can benefit any classroom; the range of benefits might even surprise you.
Computers and the Internet, along with other pieces of technology, are promising to improve education significantly if we’re willing to invest the time and money into technology for students. Below are three big reasons why schools should bring new technology to every classroom.
1. Technology improves students’ attention, motivation, and self-esteem
The list of benefits that come from integrating technology into classroom studies is long. When you think back to being in school, whether you were a “good” student or not, you probably remember zoning out during a dull lecture and dreading yet another boring assignment that was just like the last 20 you had to turn in.
Technology offers variety and can engage kids longer. Also, an educational computer program can offer immediate feedback to the student, giving him or her more control of the learning process and boosting confidence.
2. Kids gain important skills they’ll use their entire life
Typing courses are just the beginning of the skills that students can pick up from having technology in class. Just about every child has access to a computer, but there’s no guarantee that each student is getting the same experience with technology and the Internet on his own time.
Using computers in school gives students the opportunity to learn how to do research, which sources they can trust, and how to cite their sources properly and avoid plagiarism.
The kids who learn these skills early on will be more prepared for high school and college work, and there’s a good chance they’ll go on to use those skills in the professional world as well.
3. Technology helps teachers personalize education
Of course the major concern in education is that there’s no way for the instructor to give the 20 to 30 students in a class the attention each kid needs. Some kids need extra time and attention, while others are ready to take their learning to the next level on their own.
With technology, the students who want to go above and beyond can do that — there’s no limit — and the students who need extra help can get it from the teacher or on their own with the tools they now have, depending on the situation. Every kid learns at a different pace, through different styles, and has talents in one subject while struggling in another. Technology can help to balance all of that out.
It’s important to get kids excited about school from the moment they do back-to-school shopping. Once they’re in school, personalizing learning and having teachers work together with the adults in the child’s life will not only help the kids who might otherwise fall behind in school, but accelerate any child forward to the highest potential.
There’s a lot of pressure on kids to pursue higher education, but it’s hard to choose a major and a path toward a career if they haven’t homed in on a particular interest or talent they’re passionate about. Learning might begin at home, or in preschool, kindergarten, or first grade, but it lasts a lifetime.
Children who find their particular learning style and receive tools to help improve in elementary school, middle, or high school will take that passion for learning and go on to become a student in one form or another for the rest of their lives.