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Effects of Technology in the Classroom

Instructor: Tanieka Ricks
In this lesson, you will explore how technology provides effectiveness in the classroom setting. Be prepared to embrace how teachers and students are learning with the use of technology!

Our World of Technology

Tim rushes to class after a hard day of work. He immediately takes out his cell phone and iPad. As the teacher is preparing a lesson using the smart board, Tim sends a text message to remind his sister to turn off his television and informs his wife to withdraw $20.00 from the ATM. In today's society technology is everywhere! Engaging people, or attracting their attention, is important when attempting to keep students focused in the classroom. Technology in the classroom is an effective tool to engage students in instruction and prepare them for 21st Century skills.

Technology Improves Academic Achievement

The time has changed from using mainly textbooks, chalkboards, and lectures to increase student achievement. Classrooms are becoming more diverse, which requires teachers to be more creative with their approach. Educators have to acknowledge the variety of learning styles in their taught curriculum. The taught curriculum is the information from the subject that is taught to the students.

Technology is a necessity. Educators have been challenged with the opportunity to provide modern-day approaches in helping students advance in the classroom. In the past few years, many classrooms have been overflowing with the use of iPads, cell phones, laptops, smart boards, Internet, etc…, to engage students in instruction. Software programs have been used to administer standardized tests and weekly classroom assessments. Technology minimizes behavior and classroom management problems because students are eager to learn. It also allows teachers to differentiate instruction effectively. Teachers are able to maximize the use of multiple virtual assignments based on the students' level of understanding.

Tons of information is available on the Internet. For example, a teacher could use a short video to introduce verbs. Next, she may request the students to use their laptops to log into a verb website. Finally, students will begin the same lesson but advance according to their ability. They can immediately receive feedback concerning their individual areas of weakness. This is just one example of how students can use technology to achieve.

Students are using technology to learn.
Student Engagement

Technology Increases Communication Strategies

Technology increases students' ability to communicate, exemplify thoughts, beliefs, and stories. However, students can use blogs or discussion boards to express themselves about a topic. Students are able to research, and use social media to convey knowledge and converse daily. It definitely motivates students and encourages them to work hard! The information becomes alive because students have access to ongoing visual images with the incorporation of text. Technology provides a quicker approach to obtaining immediate feedback for areas of concern and it supports the educational development of students.

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