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Why Kids Thrive in a Technology Integrated Classroom
- February 3, 2017
- Posted by: yorktown
- Category: Technical Proficiency
Today’s students are increasingly savvy about the role technology plays in modern life. And most schools are not keeping up. Sadly, a lot of parents are not either.
Technology touches almost every part of our lives – how we connect, play, shop, socialize and most importantly learn. This begs the question kids are asking more and more often: “Why can’t we have access to technology in our classrooms?”
It’s not a major obstacle — technology integration. In fact, we need only look to the students for what’s needed. Ask them and many of them will likely know the software to recommend or the app that works best. Students often know more about technology than the teachers or their parents. And they’re discontented and puzzled that they’re not allowed to use the same tools, resources, technology inside the classroom that they use outside the classroom and at home.
There are plenty of reasons why technology integration provides the ‘learning edge’ that helps kids reach full potential. Here are just a few.
1) Future careers will be in some part dependent on proficient technological skills.
2) Technology integration in the classroom gives students the chance to interact with their classmates by encouraging collaboration and tolerance.
3) Tech-savvy students are better prepared to reach full potential in their life’s work.
4) Students stay engaged because they love technology so they are more focused on learning using the tools they love.
5) Generally, students are happier using technology and as a result are more apt to learn.
6) Technology helps students take more control over their own learning and become more responsible. They learn how to make their own decisions and gain confidence in doing so.
Another core aspect of technology integration involves guiding students to reach full potential by working with teachers to solve real-world problems. Students can be engaged in meaningful dialogue about technology use, internet safety, online learning, and filtering. In the process, students are honing their skills in problem solving, collaboration, civic awareness, ethics, leadership, and information and media literacy.
Schools benefit from students’ insights and experience; at the same time, they show students how their education is relevant for the world today. It’s a mutually beneficial experience.
With technology integration in the classroom, the traditional passive learning mold is upended. The teacher can then become more than just the teacher, stepping into the role of the encourager, adviser, and coach. Using integrated technology also makes the job of teaching easier, more rewarding and certainly more fun.