Technology is a significant part of our lives. It affects our day-to-day routines like buying groceries, doing some shopping, communicating and socializing with colleagues and friends. With its increasing demands in our lives, it is no wonder that using technology in teaching has also become a fad.
The effective use of technology in teaching has re-defined education. Technology has created many learning opportunities for both teachers and students. Teachers are learning how to integrate technology in teaching, whereas students are more engaged and interested in the lessons every time iPads, Chromebook, or any educational gadgets are to be used. Now, why is there such a hype in using technology in the classroom? Here are some reasons on why educational technology is necessary:
Technology liberates education boundaries.
Because of using technology in the classroom, teachers have evolved to being the sole authority of knowledge to being facilitators of learning in the classroom. Educators and students work collaboratively so that the learning experience will be more meaningful for all.
Technology has also helped distant education. Students can participate in classroom activities and submit requirements for the course with just a laptop and the Internet.
Technology simplifies access to educational resources.
Materials have been made more accessible to students since teachers can just upload the materials for their subjects online and let students download them as needed. More than that, the world web is a vast database of materials which students and teachers can use to supplement their learning.
Technology sparks students’ interest in learning.
Using technology in the classroom also adds students’ participation and excitement to the lesson. Students now are so adept at using different gadgets like smartphones, iPads, and others. If these technologies are used during lessons, students are likely to be more engaged because they are using their much-loved gadgets to facilitate their learning.
Technology also helps students be independent and responsible.
They can take ownership and be in charge of their learning. Moreover, students are also able to think more critically because of the extensive information available online.
The various educational software or apps have been designed to make learning easy and fun to the students. Through these apps and online resources, students can learn subjects that are difficult to them independently. Since students learn at their pace, understanding these concepts are made easier to them. They are free from the pressures and prejudices of others if they do not learn as fast as others do.
Technology supports differentiated instruction.
Teachers can use technology to cater to the different learning styles of their students. They can use assessment software to track students’ performance quickly. In doing so, designing an activity for each learning style is possible because teachers are aware of their students’ strengths and weaknesses. Also, there are so many available online sources that the teachers can choose from in designing their class activities. When students are taught according to their level, teachers can make sure that the learning objectives they set are being met.
Technology enhances students’ creativity and innovation.
Through the various activities designed by the teachers to integrate technology in their teaching, students become more innovative and creative so that they can always do the tasks given to them well. Through independent research and manipulation of the different applications designed for learning, students can exercise their creativity and innovativeness.
So if you are still hesitating in taking a step a forward and use technology in your teaching, you better wait no more. When we incorporate technology in our classroom, we not only motivate our students to be more participative during lessons and independent in their learning, we are also preparing them to the outside world where knowledge in technology has become more of necessity rather than a passing leisure.
TFT will also host its first ever Professional Development Workshop for teachers. As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.
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