The Hype will Intensify
Education is deep in our DNA. Technology is omnipresent, touching almost every part of our lives, our communities and our homes. With technology, some remarkable things are happening. As a Science teacher, I love to find novel ways to incorporate educational technology into my lessons and my classroom. Technology in the classroom can facilitate “increased application and production of knowledge for the real world. Very soon students will not have the option of choosing if they want to use technology or not. The real question is: How well can our students use these new technologies? Technology permeates everything we do. As California adopts the new common core curriculum, the hype will continue. I definitely believe that the integration of technology improves learning for students and helps them get closer to mastery. It allows teachers and students to augment the curriculum with current information and timely study of real world events, thus making learning more dynamic, engaging, and valuable. In Science teaching, many studies have shown that students who used simulations, computer based labs, and video to connect science instruction to real-world problems outperformed students who used traditional instructional methods. Technology is the ultimate carrot for students.
The hype will continue because technology:
- Saves time
- Saves Money
- Teachers spend less time grading
- Teachers can spend more time in class designing innovative learning opportunities
- Increase One-on-One time with students
- Facilitates group work that works
- Communicates more effectively with all students
- Helps build community and relationship
- Makes teaching and learning more meaningful and fun
- Increases student motivation
- Reduces behavioral problem in the classroom
- Enhances the relationship between student and teacher
By using technology, students are actively making choices how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information. Technology use allows students to be actively thinking about information, making choices, and executing skills than in typical teacher-led lessons. Moreover, when technology is used as a tool to support students in performing authentic tasks, the students are in the position of defining their goals, making design decisions and evaluating their progress. It offers educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means.
Teachers in today’s classrooms are experiencing students who are very tech savvy. Most of these students have grown up with technology and often are more proficient in its use than their teacher is. They also have no understanding of why technology would not be used in the classroom. Their parents believe that technology provides a way to enrich their children’s social lives and academic abilities. Because I believe this hype will continue, teachers must prepare for a technology-rich future and keep up with change by adopting effective strategies that infuse lessons with appropriate technologies. Educational technology is worth the hype as more teachers become the champions of Technology.