Technology is improving education
Technology is improving education in a number of significant ways. It has provided new and unique tools to help both teachers and students. Recent developments in technology allow teachers to be more creative in their lesson plans. This helps students to be more engaged in the learning process. Teachers can now use technology to find new ways to reach out to students who don’t respond to traditional teaching methods. For example many teachers have found some students respond better to mathematics online. The use of technology in explaining concepts and theories attracts their attention and enables them to fully grasp what is being taught.
Teachers find the new technologies to be versatile teaching tools which allow them to better demonstrate ideas, assign projects and assess the progress each child is making. In fact one of the most important roles technology plays in improving education is to allow teachers to create unique lesson plans which take into consideration the learning styles of each of their students. Whether the student responds better to maths online or they need to manipulate shapes and numbers on hand held computers to fully grasp a concept, the new technology gives teachers the option to use all those techniques.
Many teachers find their ability to do simulations and provide models is enhanced by using technology. These developments in the classroom have enabled teachers to teach concepts that a few years ago would have proved particularly difficult. Many students have grown up with technology, so rather than taking their lessons from chalk boards they respond better to digital representations on a screen, and this has proven to be an effective way to get their attention and allow them to have fun while learning. Telling students about evolution or molecules may seem like vague concepts to them, but when teachers can use interactive technologies the students ability to grasp the concepts is enhanced.
Science and mathematics teachers in particular have expressed how much the new technology has helped them in educating their students. Digital simulations help teachers to more easily explain ideas and concepts that are difficult to describe and demonstrate using traditional educational methods. The new technology now enables them to use innovative software to model concepts and allows students to use their creativity by doing extensive projects and simulations on a variety of mathematics and science topics. Teachers are able to create activities which combine models, text and interactive projects.
The new software allows students to do experiments which were virtually impossible using old teaching methods. Students can use software to understand evolution, energy or how electrons interact with matter. Another benefit of the use of technology is the opportunity for global learning. Students can do language lessons via videoconferencing which enables them to interact with and learn from native speakers. This brings foreign languages alive and makes the process of learning new languages a lot more fun, as students can immerse themselves in the foreign culture without leaving their home or classroom.
Young students are no longer limited to counting blocks and beads. The new technologies allow students to experiment with equations to fully understand the relationship between the different ways of representing numbers. They can use technology to play with numbers and better understand their relationships. Technology also makes it easier for teachers to assess students’ progress. They can watch students doing science and mathematics online in real time, quickly ascertain if they understand the concepts being taught, and give immediate support tailored to the needs of each student.
Learning means more than just knowing the answers to questions. It involves the process of finding those answers. Modern technology has made this entire process easier and a lot more fun both teachers and students.