Empowering Students with Technology

Instructor: Derek Hughes
As technology becomes more prevalent in the classroom, teachers have new ways to empower student learning. This lesson will explain how technology can be used to empower students.

Technological Empowerment

In modern education, there is a focus on helping students take control of their learning and become responsible for their education. The trend towards empowering students, or helping them take ownership of learning and be excited by their education, has been facilitated by an increasing access to technology. This lesson will show how technology can help empower students by allowing you to follow a student through his school day.

Marco's School Day

Marco is a fourth grade student at ABC Elementary. When he began school, Marco struggled to adapt to the classroom and was often bored and unenthused about learning. However, these attitudes changed this year when Marco was moved to a classroom with a teacher who utilizes technology to excite her students. It's made a world of difference to Marco.

Marco starts his day at home by checking a classroom website when he wakes up. This website is updated every morning and afternoon by the teacher to give students important information about their day. Marco knows he is expected to check this website every day for important announcements before coming to school. In some cases, the classroom website will have information about assemblies or other interruptions in the daily schedule. Today, however, Marco sees that the day will proceed as usual. He knows what his day is going to look like and is able to go into school ready to learn and work.

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