How Teachers Are Using Technology in the Classroom

Technology and education were meant to go together, and when the two are used properly in conjunction, some of the most effective and innovative learning can take place.

Technology has grown by almost unimaginable leaps and bounds over the last few decades, and as such has become more and more readily available at affordable rates on the consumer market.

This widespread availability has led to teachers and professional educators the world over realizing the incredible potential that some of the market’s most commonly-used gizmos and gadgets have when it comes to childhood education. So much so that even higher education has started to pay attention by offering masters in education online that focus on utilizing new technologies for the classroom.

We’ll talk about some of the most common ways that teachers are using new technologies in their classrooms, so that you might be able to enrich your kids’ lives by using technology to bring them closer to the world they live in.

For one thing, more and more educators are beginning to truly understand the high value of the Internet in and of itself.

Perhaps ten years ago, the Internet wasn’t considered something that should be included in the curriculum. Now, however, even Wikipedia is regarded with mostly credibility. The world is beginning to realize that the Internet is an enormous library that never closes, and that children need to be able to understand how to navigate it.

Of course, protective software should always be installed to make sure children aren’t accidentally accessing anything they shouldn’t be. With these precautions in place, however, it’s important that children be educated about how the Internet works, and how to most effectively use tools like Google and Wikipedia.

These tools will only become more and more valuable as children get older.

Video chatting has become incredibly simple, and these technologies have helped educators connect their classrooms with places far across the world, giving children an opportunity to experience a far off country and culture right in the comfort of their very own classroom.

This kind of technology is making it possible for children to catch a glimpse of something they might otherwise never have been able to experience, and both their lives and their educations are enriched because of it.

Some schools are even going so far as to investigate the possibility of furnishing their classrooms with iPads for the students to use.

As the iPad grows in both popularity and capability, more and more developers have realized the educational potential that these little tablets present.

As a result, a bevy of educationally-oriented applications and programs have popped up in the Apple App Store (as well as other app markets for the various tablets available) that teachers can purchase or download for free.

Technology is your friend when it comes to education, whether you’re trying to earn your MBA degree online or lead a classroom full of seven-year-olds. It allows us to bridge physical gaps and discover things that were previously inaccessible to us, and as a result our children are able to grow up with a deeper connection to the world around them.

Technology is helping educate our youth in ways that have never before been possible. How will you take advantage of the newest technology in your educational goals?

Evan Fischer
Evan Fischer is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. He enjoys writing about the latest tech news for a variety of companies and discovering new and innovative gadgets.
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