Is Technology in the Classroom a Plus or Minus?
Successful technology integration in the classroom is more than just technology tools.
Technology in the classroom can mean many things. For so many schools the move to increased tech in the classroom came quickly, almost abruptly. News of the pandemic hit and we all, schools included, looked for an immediate way to continue the quality education that kids deserve. Increased technology including virtual learning and a wide array of technology tools was the answer. According to the Pew Research Center, 93% of students have had some online learning since the start of the pandemic.
How has technology changed the classroom?
So, is this advancement to the detriment of your students, or does it benefit their learning? Let’s look at the plus side first.
Top 5 Benefits of Technology in the Classroom:
- Creates a More Engaged Environment
- Incorporates Different Learning Styles
- Improves Collaboration
- Prepares Students for the Future
- Connects Teachers with Students
When technology integration in the classroom is seamless and thoughtful, students not only become more engaged, they begin to take more control over their own learning. Effective technology integration can change classroom dynamics and encourage student centered project based learning.
Students can collaborate on group projects using technology based tools. The walls of the classrooms are no longer a barrier as technology enables new ways of learning, communicating, and working collaboratively.
Technology provides students with easy access to information, accelerated learning, and fun opportunities to practice what they learn. It allows students to explore new subjects and deepen their understanding of difficult concepts, particularly in STEM.
We can’t ignore a few key weaknesses of an increased reliance on technology in the classroom including uneven opportunity in:
Technology will continue to evolve, and it’s important to adjust the classroom to align with its advancements. We believe virtual learning is here to stay as an option to missed school.
The real question is how can you make educational technology work for you?
- Which tools are best for which students?
- How can technology increase student engagement and provide greater student outcomes?
- How do you select the right STEM technology equipment for your needs and your budget?
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