In today's day and age, technology has made its way into virtually every portion of our everyday lives - especially education. As schools adopt more and more innovative teaching tools, the average student can expect to encounter some form of IT at just about any grade level.
Tech use in the classroom does have benefits, and teachers should encourage their students' tech-savvy behavior. This will help students build a solid foundation so they can continue keeping up with advancements throughout their educational and even professional careers.
Tech promotes pupil engagement
According to NJ.com, schools in New Jersey are starting to leverage types of technology to revolutionize their curricula and bring learning to the next level. Perhaps the most notable advancement that is gaining in popularity throughout the state's educational system is tablets. Not only do these tools cut down on schools' resources and expenses by eliminating the need for paper, but they also allow for optimal instruction for students at every point on the learning curve.
The source pointed to one school in particular, John E Dwyer Technology Academy, where world history teacher Jorge Madrigal has incorporated iPad use into his lesson plans. He uses these devices in a variety of ways so that he can provide students with a more interesting, hands-on educational experience. For instance, he posts art history lessons onto the institution's website so that students can access images and information, in addition to completing assignments that will be graded by their teacher.
"I want them to see the world differently," Madrigal told the website. "We are teaching a higher order of thinking and questioning and getting them to ask higher level questions."
The school's principal Christopher Van Vliet also pointed out that, "if kids are interested they'll come every day and they'll be engaged."
Students develop IT skills for future success
These benefits are just the start; Schools need to up their IT use so that they can prepare students for a lifetime of handling sophisticated tools. Tech Learning magazine reported that more than one-third of middle school math students employ a computer as they do practice problems, which gives them routine exposure to IT. Although that is impressive, the portion of students using statistical programs and spreadsheets to complete math activities are lagging behind. The source advised that schools make an effort to boost IT use in their curricula so that students will develop tech skills and prepare themselves for competing in growing global tech trends.