The world of education is changing as the modern world continues to grow. With so much progress happening, it’s important that education be able to reach students in new ways so that their students are prepared for the future. The students of today are the leaders, inventors, teachers, and businessmen (and women) of tomorrow. Without the proper skills, these students will not have the preparation needed to survive.
1. INSTRUCTORS CAN PERSONALIZE THE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
A teacher survey, conducted by PBS learning, found that teachers like and support technology in the classroom. Tools like websites, apps, learning games, e-books, and virtual tutoring help the student learn at their own pace. Digital materials can support classroom learning topics, and introduce different teaching methods for each student unique learning needs.
2. INSTANT ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE
The Internet gives students instant access to answers beyond what’s in their textbooks. In fact, today’s kids are already familiar with Googling to find answers to questions. The gift of the internet to the classroom gives teachers the chance to give their students a holistic view of any given subject while still giving students the guidance to find the right sources. In-classroom internet research gives teachers the opportunity to teach their students how to assess the quality of the information they find online while removing the one-sided restrictions of a textbook.
3. STUDENT PREFERENCE
A study by Educause found that K-12 and college students prefer to have technology integrated into their curriculum. Computers, tablets, smartphones, and the internet are the same tools that they use at home. Students are already comfortable using these tools to connect with other students, their instructors, and their institution. In fact, the Educause survey found that 54% of students would typically use at least two devices simultaneously for school work.
4. STUDENT WORKPLACE READINESS
One of the greatest benefits for technology in the classroom is student workplace readiness. Mobility is currently the next great movement in the workplace, and students who use technology in the classroom today will be more adapted to using it in the future. The importance of technology in the classroom goes even beyond simple digital literacy: it promotes workplace soft skills like critical thinking, independent research, and cross-technology proficiency.
5. PROVEN STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
An article by the National Math and Science Initiative shows that blended learning styles keep students focused longer and makes them more excited to learn more, especially for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects.
Teachers at JBCN International school are the foot soldiers of education, and they are ready to implement technology in the classroom through as many ways as possible. Being part of a progressive school our teachers recognize the critical importance technology plays in teaching tomorrow’s leaders.
The article is written by Mr. Dinesh Bakshi (Principal at JBCN International School, Oshiwara)
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