By Teachers, For Teachers
The future of education is here and teachers agree. Seventy-four percent of teachers say that technology can help expand upon content as well as motivate students to learn. With 75 percent of children between the ages of 0 and 8 already using mobile devices, students are ready for the transformation.
With screens becoming a more integral part of everyday life, finding ways to introduce technologies such as smart boards, tablets, and virtual reality is necessary to make education more relevant and relatable to today's youth.
Modern media is centered around screens. Technology is how people of all ages expose themselves to not only entertainment, but vital and informative content. The ability to connect education to a smart device (a device kids associate with games, videos and entertainment), can reshape the way students think about school.
When learning can become fun and engaging, it opens the door for students to process educational information in a more effective way. Try out the different smart technologies you have available early on in the school year to learn how best to engage your class.
Teaching solely from a textbook neglects students with different preferred learning styles than reading or writing. VR technology, on the other hand, engages in kinesthetic, visual, and potentially auditory learning all at once for a different, more immersive learning approach.
Give your students the opportunity to experience education in a way that's catered to them. Break down your lesson plans to account for visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic learners equally. Allow them to take notes on paper, a laptop, or tablet. Send students home with visuals of the day's lesson or even a recording to enhance their education.
Not only does the Internet, and therefore smart technology, equip teachers with instant access to a world of information: But once a reliable lesson has been identified, it can be bookmarked or saved as a tab and ready to be accessed at any time for a seamless day of teaching.
There are no more forgotten lesson plans, waiting for problem sheets to print or having to constantly erase the chalkboard to continue teaching your students. Smart devices allow teachers to flow through their lessons with precision and enable teachers to quickly pivot if a question comes up or further explanation is required.
Keeping a classroom of children focused for an hour, day, and especially the whole school year is a struggle. The more tools you have as a teacher, the easier it is to keep your kids engaged throughout a long 180-day school year.
Keep your students inspired and motivated by mixing up the way you present your lessons. Utilize the different technology you have available to create varied lessons to keep your students looking forward to what each class will bring.
Unless your textbook is a tablet, it doesn't have the capability to acquire up-to-date information on current events. For classes like history and civics, this is an obvious limitation of traditional textbooks, but this issue can also impact other subjects.
A textbook can only hold so much information, visuals, and examples. So while the limited amount of information, visuals and examples found in a conventional textbook MIGHT be enough, the Internet will almost ALWAYS have the right piece of content to teach your students about proper grammar or cyber-security.
K-12 education prepares students to become successful adults and professionals. Technology is not only creating entire career fields each year, but it's impacting the way business is conducted across the board. Teaching students methods and practices that are even a year old is already not preparing them for the fast-paced world of modern business.
Empower your students by regularly updating your lessons as needed and encourage your administrators to regularly modernize the curriculum as well.
With digital lesson plans and notes, students can access this information at home or at the local library. This places less stress on head-down note taking during class and more eyes-up engagement in what is being taught.
Prepare a digital lesson plan as well as visuals to send home with your students to keep them connected to their education at all times.
Each classroom is unique. Find the ways in which you can incorporate technology into your classroom to enhance your students' experiences and keep them engaged in the vital lessons you teach each day.