Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

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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 their classrooms, 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.

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