We aren’t exaggerating at all when admitting that technology has become so entwined in our daily lives that we can escape from it, no matter how desperate we are. Technology has affected how we live, work, play, communicate, network, and most importantly how we learn. With smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices increasingly being used for increased productivity and communication purposes, it’s not surprising schools across the world are also effectively deploying mobile technology for delivering lessons.
Main Issues About Implementing Technology In Schools
However, it appears that many schools aren’t fully onboard with the idea of implementing the latest technology for education. Also, technology can’t be fully implemented for home tuition. Main reasons for the reluctance of using technology in the classroom include:
- Many educators think using certain mobile devices in the classes is more of a burden than a strategic learning tool.
- Most schools don’t have capable Wi-Fi/wireless networks to properly support the technology.
Both of these concerns are easy to address, otherwise, it will be a huge loss for everyone involved in education, especially the students.
Nonetheless, below, we have compiled ten reasons why using technology in the classroom will benefit students. Let’s get started:
10 Reasons Students Need Technology
1. Technology prepares students for the future
Technology has changed how we work today. Using tablets and other internet-enabled mobile devices and included productivity applications, it will help prepare students for their future careers.
2. Technology helps teachers understand students learning styles
Every student has a unique learning style. Integrating technology into the classroom, if used effectively, will assist teachers to connect with their students of all learning styles.
3. Technology creates an effective learning environment
Collaboration and interaction with teachers and students are imperative to create an effective learning environment in the classroom. Using technology in the classroom gives the students and instructors alike that opportunity.
4. Technology assists teachers to teach students digital responsibility
Technology can be compared to a double-edged sword. Using mobile devices is one thing; knowing how to use them for education purposes correctly and responsibly is entirely a different thing. By using technology in the classroom properly provides the teachers and educators the chance on how to develop their students' digital skills responsibly.
5. Technology enhances student engagement
Keeping the students in the era of smartphones and the internet is probably one of the biggest challenges facing today’s teachers. Integrating technology in the classroom will help students to stay engaged. Studies revealed that the students were more productive when mobile devices like smartphones and tablets were used as learning tools. So, it only makes sense that teachers should use technology in the classroom to increase student engagement because that’s what today’s students want and use for learning.
6. Technology promotes students learning experiences
We already mentioned using technology to increase student engagement, but that’s not sufficient. Educators need to enhance their students learning experiences and create new opportunities. One great way to do that is by combining newer technological innovations like VR (virtual reality) with traditional classroom lessons.
7. Technology helps students to access the latest information
Let’s be honest, information found in textbooks aren’t up to date. Using mobile technology in classes will enable students to access the up-to-date information about their subject areas quicker and easier.
8. Technology helps teachers to upgrade their role
This one is a no-brainer—the traditional system of teaching no longer work like it used before the advent of technology. The old teaching model is passive and broken. The teacher has to perform multiple roles such as a coach, an encourager, and an adviser. Classroom technology may help teachers be those people.
9. Classroom Technology makes students more responsible
It may sound a little far-fetched to some teaches, but technology helps students to become more responsible individuals. Using the school’s devices or using their own devices for education makes students improve their decision-making skills. Taking ownership of often expensive devices and using them correctly and properly makes them more responsible.
10. Technology makes students more creative
Using technology in education increases future career opportunities for students. From learning coding or programming to learning how to collaborate effectively with teams and instructors at home and abroad, technology harnesses the students’ ability to be more connected and be more creative.
These are the top benefits of using technology in the classrooms to increase the students’ engagement, productivity, creativity and prepare them for future career opportunities. If the teachers and educators still debate about introducing technology in the classroom, it’s unfortunate that they’re depriving themselves and the students an insane amount of opportunities.