Technology has gradually gained a place in classrooms all over the world, where it has been used to substitute the black board and chalk, exercise books and even textbooks which some years back where the only tools used by teachers and students. Today, technology offers a wide variety of choices for teachers and students which greatly facilitate the teaching and learning process especially for pupils and students who are a little slow in understanding lectures through the traditional teaching method.
Effective ways to use technology in a classroom
Using technology effectively is the ideal way to make a classroom come alive, especially when students are allowed to participate. This is also very useful for younger children who get easily distracted and bored with the traditional teaching methods.
This is an exciting and engaging way to teach younger children. There are many apps on the market that offer games that can be used in the classroom. With these, children can learn the alphabet, spellings, counting and even nursery rhymes.
Projections and video lectures
To increase students participation and creativity, it is essential create visualized content that they understand easily. Also giving students projects to research on and do presentations in class increases understanding and involvement of all students in the lessons taught.
Blending digital and traditional teaching and learning methods
This makes learning more personalized and flexible, and can help facilitate individual and cooperative learning experience of students. This method of blending technology and traditional teaching methods enable teachers get feedback and can easily pick out problematic areas of individual students.
Benefits of using technology in the classroom
Technology improves the retention abilities in students, as they are engaged and more interested in what they see and hear. Sometimes, using video projections with background music can help students remember their lessons easily.
Technology also encourages students to learn individually. Since students may have individual learning styles, technology provides many opportunities to meet up with students’ individual needs. This can be very useful for students suffering from autism and other disabilities.
With technology in the classroom, students have the opportunity to develop digital citizenship skill, which involves learning how to use mobile devices correctly and responsibly.
Using some applications and devices in class enable students prepare for their future careers. Also displaying “do it yourself” videos during arts class can help students pick up useful skills. Including technology in a classroom enables students prepare for the future, which is likely to become more technologically advanced than it is now.
Problems related to using technology in classrooms
Integrating technological teaching and learning methods in schools can be very costly, and many schools especially in Africa cannot support the extra cost. As a result they prefer to stick to the chalkboard and other traditional methods of teaching.
It is sometimes difficult for a teacher to manage smartphones, tablets and laptops alone, especially those connected to the internet. As a results, students especially teens are tempted to venture into sites that are inappropriate.
Using technology in a classroom can make students unserious towards lessons, especially when there is no supervision from a teacher. Students may also find it hard to forge friendships or interact with their mates since they always have all their attentions turned to the screens in front of them.
There is a lot of technological disparity, especially in less developed societies. Apart from this, many of these communities do not have access to electricity and trained staffs needed to use these new teaching methods.
As technology continues to be at the centre of many activities in our daily lives, a lot still needs to be done to make it available to all, and also regulate it so as to reduce the risks and dangers that hover around it, especially for the younger generations.
Article from AFRIC Editorial
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