Benefits of Incorporating Technology in the Classroom
Since students are already interested and engaged in technology, teachers can harness that attention for educational purposes. Incorporating the internet, laptops, and iPads into the curriculum has many benefits for teachers and students alike.
- Engages students and creates active learners
- Encourages individual learning and growth
- Facilitates peer collaboration
- Prepares students for the real world
- Creates more engaged and successful teachers
Using a computer, tablet, or other device encourages self-directed learning and creates an active participant in the learning process, rather than the passive learners found in a lecture environment. Interactive lesson plans can help turn “boring” conceptual subjects like math and science into fun, engaging, and educational activities for students.
No one learns in the same way or at the same pace, but technology can level-set the classroom. For example, technology can provide accommodations for struggling or disabled students, and virtual lesson plans provide individualized instruction for all. Students can learn at their own speed, reviewing difficult concepts or skipping ahead as needed. Additionally, access to the internet gives students access to a broad range of resources to conduct research.
In a research project conducted by the US Department of Education, many educators reported that technology facilitated peer collaboration. They noted that when students were assigned to small groups for technology-based projects, those students who already had certain computer and technology skills routinely assisted less skilled students. Peer tutoring, mentoring, and collaboration were the unexpected results of the technology integration
Technology is an integral part of how we work and live, every day. Teaching students how to use technology to learn, research, collaborate, and solve problems from an early age will better prepare them for their careers. It can also help reduce the fear of new technology in the future by familiarizing them with the discovery process for each new tool.