There is much talk about how technology can support education. From children to adolescents, today’s children are more comfortable with technology and more comfortable with technology than ever before. Unfortunately, although there are advantages, we can not deny the negative aspects. Technological overload can lead to social care, too many hours on the Internet, as well as to the game, smartphones and social networks. So, is it not better to keep gadgets in class and adhere to proven teaching methods?
Well, not necessarily.
Experts agree that technology can improve learning experience. And not just for students. But also for teachers. Of course, technology will never replace and never replace – the teachers of flesh and blood. However, teachers increasingly see the benefits of blended learning. And when new technologies improve the learning experience, does it make sense for teachers to accept them? But how does technology help teachers create a more productive and effective learning environment? And what can students get?
Helping teachers overcome class problems
Ask the teacher what his biggest problems are, and indicate at least one (and possibly more) of the following:
Students who are easily bored or have a short attention span;
Different and contradictory personalities: those who radiate, those who are distracted, those who are extraverted, and those who prefer to hide in the back of the class;
constantly find new and innovative ways to motivate, motivate and entertain students;
Promoting the participation and interaction of all
Work with a large number of students, often with the participation of students with different levels of training;
Provide individual support to meet the individual needs of each student;
Stay on paper, follow the graphs and follow strict lesson plans, keeping the curriculum.
Intellectual technology adds a new dimension to traditional teaching methods that help teachers overcome many of these problems.
Show, do not say
Tools, such as screencasts and smart cards, allow teachers to show more, to put it mildly. This simplifies the explanation of complex topics such as a complex mathematical problem or literacy activities, since the use of visualizations helps learners learn information and quickly understand the topic.
How can technology help education?
Give students cognitive solutions
Interactive technologies and devices contribute to autonomy and accountability. And when students more control their learning and decision-making processes, they become more motivated and invest in the learning process. Pre-emptive and collaborative learning also keeps teachers away from the front of the class and allows them to play an advisory role.
Additional support for those who need it
Applications and software can also be used to meet the individual needs of students at different stages of training. This is especially useful at the grassroots level, where small schools often combine their levels. Junior students are fond of gadgets and devices. Tablets, applications, software and interactive tools can be used in the educational environment to improve their language skills and reading skills, helping teachers meet the individual needs of each child.
Of course, this technology works well for high school students. For example, wireless and cloud technology gives you access to the latest information and data at the touch of a button.
Technology helps overcome obstacles to formal and authoritarian learning. Students react much more positively in a relaxed and pleasant learning environment. Studies show that younger children can better learn and solve logical problems in a more interesting way.
Catchbox is a perfect example of how technology can be used to bring pleasure to the class. A flexible and foldable microphone adds a whole new dimension to group activities such as discussions, debates and games in classrooms. This encourages participation and helps shy students get out of the way. Watch the video using Catchbox at the morning meeting at the Exupery International School.
Technology in special education
Technology can greatly help students with learning difficulties overcome the gap and balance the situation with their peers, while increasing their independence. Lightweight touch plates are easy to use for students with mobility and cognitive difficulties. They are also a good alternative communicator for students with oral difficulties. And they can provide literacy support to those who suffer from dyslexia. Tablets and smart applications are especially useful as learning tools for students with autism and ASD.