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Instructor: Theresa Spanella

Theresa has taught college Writing for 15 years and is two classes from completing a doctorate in Education

This lesson highlights some benefits of using technology in the classroom and includes examples teachers can use to easily integrate technology into their classroom. After you learn about these things, you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz!

Background on Classroom Technology

Today's society has become more and more reliant on technology. It is used in almost all facets of life; it is integrated into most college coursework and is required for many types of employment. Today's students need strong computing skills in order to compete in the global economy, which has pushed the United States towards integrating guidelines to ensure that graduates are ready to compete in the 21st century.

While it can't be argued that today's students need strong computing skills, integrating technology into the classroom is more than teaching basic computing skills. Technology can provide a richer, interactive learning experience and environment. There are many different ways teachers can use technology in the classroom, and each method provides several different benefits for students.

Collaborative Learning Skills

Today's Web 2.0 technologies provide many opportunities for today's learner. Web 2.0 technologies, often referred to as social media, are dynamic web tools that allow users to author, change, edit, and manipulate content. Examples of Web 2.0 technologies include YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and many more. Today's learners use Web 2.0 technologies on a regular basis, so using these tools in the classroom is a way to meet learners where they are and teach in a language they are comfortable with.

In addition to providing learners with a comfortable learning environment, using Web 2.0 technologies allow students not only to share information that they know but also collaborate with their classmates, with the classroom next door, or with a classroom in another country. This provides them with the opportunity to take control of their own learning experience and learn from others. Additionally, students who may be shy when interacting with their peers face-to-face may also feel more comfortable interacting in an online environment.

Reaching Different Learning Styles

Sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher lecture is not the best way to meet the needs of a classroom of students with diverse needs. Because no two learners process information the same way, teachers must try to facilitate activities that meet the needs of all learners. This can be time consuming and frustrating. With the various dynamic web applications available today, teachers can quickly and easily find activities that appeal to students of all learning types.

  • Visual learners, who learn by seeing information, can benefit from visual display technologies (or VDT). VDTs include interactive whiteboards, PowerPoint presentations, and photo/video editing software.
  • Auditory learners, who learn by hearing information, can benefit from the use of audio books, YouTube videos, text to speech applications, and podcasts.
  • Tactile-kinesthetic learners, who learn by doing, can benefit simply by using a mouse. Being able to move the mouse and click things engages the tactile kinesthetic learner in what they are doing.

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