Technology has transformed life as we know it, especially in the classroom. The traditional chalkboard has been replaced with a digital whiteboard, and classes often offer a surplus of computers or iPads. Technological advancements provide endless opportunities to help both students and teachers in the learning process. Most recently, many have been forced into a learning environment completely reliant on technology. While advancing technology is often difficult to adopt, particularly when it takes the place of more desirable direct interactions, we want to touch on the bright side and the many advantages to integrating technology into your child’s learning. Here are some of its top benefits.
While technology can be a distraction in certain situations, there are actually many advantages to utilizing platforms children are familiar with. Since students are already interested and engaged in technology, educators and parents alike can harness that attention for educational purposes. Incorporating tablets, iPads, smartphones, or laptops into the curriculum provides an abundance of resources that make learning more fun and enjoyable. For example, learning through online gamification or going on virtual field trips encourages more active participation, which can be harder to achieve through the traditional lecture environment.
Encourages Individual Learning
No one person learns in the same way or at the same pace, but technology can make the learning process a level playing ground. For instance, technology allows accommodations for students struggling with specific topics and can provide virtual lesson plans with individualized instruction for all. This way, students can learn at their own speed, review difficult concepts, or skip ahead if needed. Additionally, with access to the internet, students can access a broad range of resources to help with all kinds of subject materials.
Facilitates Peer Collaboration
Students have the opportunity to practice collaboration skills when accessing different online activities, such as working together on group projects or sharing documents on their virtual learning forums. Technology can also encourage collaboration for students in the same classroom, outside the school, or even in different parts of the country.
Prepares Students for the Real World
Technology is an integral part of how we work and live in our everyday lives. By introducing technology early on and creating healthy usage habits, children can gain skills they will need to be successful in the future. They will have the opportunity to develop valuable skills such as collaborating with others, solving problems, thinking critically, and communicating effectively, all of which are important for entering the workforce later in life.
From what we’ve seen so far, technology in education is more than just the latest trend. It is a powerful tool capable of greatly enriching our student’s learning process and keeping them thoroughly engaged; however, like any tool, technology requires a sensible and balanced approach. Check out our blog, “Digital Health & Wellness,” for more information on establishing ground rules and maintaining digital wellness.