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How Can Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom?

Tablet computers can serve as an economical replacement for print books because they can hold multiple ebooks.
Computers can be used to test or train multiple students at once.
Technology is increasingly prominent in classrooms.
Many classrooms are using digital, as well as traditional print teaching materials.
Many classrooms today have access to computers for student use.
Teachers may incorporate laptops into lesson plans to make instruction more engaging.
Some teachers send email updates or text message alerts to students regarding homework assignments, upcoming tests and projects.
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As technology advances, it can be difficult to keep up and adapt to the advancements in both our personal and professional lives. Teachers have an especially important role to play in technological advancements, as incorporating technology in the classroom can be both a learning tool for students and a teaching tool for the instructor. Kids seem to be adapting to the rapid advancements in technology better than many adults, and they actually embrace it. For this reason, incorporating technology in teaching is a great way to increase a child’s interest in learning.

There are numerous ways that teachers can use technology in the classroom and many are already doing it. Some districts use interactive Smart Boards in place of traditional chalk or white boards in their classroom. These flat screen monitors are networked with the teacher’s classroom computer and the school’s internet connection. Interactive lessons in math, spelling, science and other subjects can be put on screen for students to participate in. The boards use touch screen technology and in some cases, kids are given handheld remote “clickers” that act as controllers for answering questions presented on screen.

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Many school districts have made it easy for teachers to use technology in the classroom with supportive technology departments and funding, but others are still behind for budget reasons. In those cases, teachers can still use technology in more unconventional ways. Some teachers encourage middle and high school students to sign up for email updates or text message alerts to receive homework assignments and reminders for tests and projects. Many kids respond well to these types of communications and thus, respond better to the assignments themselves.

Educational book publishers have also jumped on board the proverbial technological bandwagon by making books available online and interactive activities that supplement the curriculum being taught. Many teachers take advantage of these supplemental activities by permitting kids to go online during class to complete them or encouraging children to visit the publisher’s websites and complete the activities at home. Similarly, many of these ancillary websites, as well as other computer software, allow teachers to track their students’ progress and understanding of material.

Most classrooms today provide access to computers and other sources of technology. Incorporating that technology in the classroom and daily lesson plans can be a challenge for many teachers, as they must choose the most efficient means of delivering a lesson and the assignments that reinforce it while staying on target with imposed standards. However, many teachers are finding that once they incorporate technology in the classroom, it benefits their students by engaging them in ways they are familiar with and enjoy, which ultimately makes their job easier.

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anon302027
Post 7

Its useful to look at how our body responds to the way we often use technology, currently 'computer head' is a good example of the problems that result. Hours of 'Blinkered vision' is not a useful classroom exercise. To enable children to fully understand the impact of the way they are asked to use technology, why not let them listen to their body?

logginn
Post 6

Technology in the early childhood classroom also engages the children and keeps them motivated to learn. school grants Children are really exciting to start using touch screens.

surfNturf
Post 4

Cafe41-BrainPop is a little different because the site has a robot cartoon that asks a specific question and then the question is answered with a video explanation.

A quiz is offered at the end of the video so you can check your child’s comprehension in the topic. I know that technology in the math classroom, as well as technology in the foreign language classroom, or technology in the science classroom can be enhanced with this new level of resources.

Technology in the early childhood classroom also engages the children and keeps them motivated to learn. Children are really exciting to start using touch screens.

The educational system sure has changed since I was a kid. When I was growing up, we did not even have a computer.

cafe41
Post 3

Greenweaver- I think that United Streaming and BrainPop offer a lot of opportunities for all subject areas including foreign language.

United Streaming is an educational portal by the Discovery Channel that offer educational video and regular lesson plans on various subjects from English, Social Studies to Spanish and French education.

The site is divided by grade level and you can browse any subject area. The videos are really helpful.

GreenWeaver
Post 2

Sunshine31-It really does not stop there. My children get homework in which they have to go to various educational websites in order to supplement their lesson in class.

These various websites like BrainPop and United Streaming, and Quia is also a great site that offers learning modules in the form of games.

We recently used the site to review subjects and predicates. There was a game that was set up like the popular game show, “Who wants to be a Millionaire.”

The questions each had a monetary value that increased in its level of difficulty. My daughter had a lot of fun and was able to learn something too.

sunshine31
Post 1

Education technology in the classroom is becoming more widespread. In my children's school example, they use white boards and touch screen technology in order to make learning more interactive.

In my daughter's classroom, for example, the teacher would put up a grammar exercise on a touch screen and the student would have to touch the correct answer. The children really enjoy this form of educational technology in classroom.

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