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Technology in the Classroom to Use Instead of Textbooks

Janelle Cox

There are a number of powerful technology in the classroom learning tools that teachers can use in the classroom that go beyond textbooks. These technology in the classroom tools include tablets, smartboards, video conferencing, the Internet, and even television. While textbooks have always been a staple in classrooms, many of today’s classrooms realize that textbooks don’t have to be the only form of learning, especially when there are better tools to help students learn. With today’s technology in the classroom, teachers can now have students learn firsthand what life is like in other countries by videoconferencing with them, or they can learn about the moon and stars by going on Google Maps. Technology makes it possible for learning to be more exciting than ever. Here five pieces of technology that you can use instead of the traditional classroom textbook.

Technology in the Classroom Tablets

The opportunities for children to learn on a tablet are endless. Tablets have the ability to bring a textbook to life by making it interactive or the ability for a child to learn a new concept by playing a game. In today’s classrooms, children can just tap their finger and watch a book come to life or tap their finger and learn a new skill. They can learn math equations or practice their math facts by simply tapping their finger on the screen. Tablets can transform students learning and inspire and motivate them in ways textbooks could never do. They have a way of engaging students like never before.

SMART Boards

SMART boards are used in many classrooms as a fun way to enhance student learning. Teachers use SMART boards to supplement the way that children learn. Teachers like them because they make learning fun by getting students involved in the lesson. They’re also great because they can bring the curriculum to life, and are a great hands-on, interactive way for students to learn. SMART boards can easily replace a textbook especially with all of the new technology that is coming out that can upgrade them. While textbooks may never truly go away, they may slowly be put on the shelf just so that SMART boards can stay a little bit longer.

Video Conferencing

Can you imagine when you were in school if you had the opportunity to talk to someone that lived in another country? Today’s technology makes it easy for students to speak with other students the same age through video conferencing. So instead of just reading about other students from other countries, today’s students can actually speak to them online. Why read about life in other countries when you can hear about it firsthand from the people that actually live there?

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The Internet

The Internet has become a teacher’s favorite classroom tool because there are so many ways that they can use it in the classroom. From having students’ research topics and play review games to taking tests and learning information, the Internet has been a constant tool in many classrooms. Some teacher-tested favorite sites to use in the classroom are: Extra Math, IXL Math, Kahoot, Brain Pop, and Spelling city.


Television has come a long way in regards to making it a valuable tech tool to use in the classroom. If you think back to when you were a child and would get in trouble for watching the movie instead of reading the book in order to get your book report done, today’s teachers wouldn’t mind that you did that, because they know that children learn best through various modes of learning. Today, it’s totally acceptable and considered a different form of visual learning. Documentaries, science specials, and classic literature can all be educational as well as an entertaining way for students to learn through the television.

Just as handwriting is starting to be replaced with typing, textbooks will soon be replaced with technology. While tangible textbooks may never truly go away, the may get a makeover. Technology is thriving and as it develops, so will the way that students will learn, and teachers will teach.

Which technology in the classroom learning tools do you use in your classroom? Please feel free to share with us in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts about this topic

Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at

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