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15 Reasons to Incorporate Technology in Classrooms

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  1. It encourages collaboration and students learn how to interact with each other and their teacher. Such skills are not only needed in the workplace, they are essential.
  2. It gives instructors the opportunity to discuss and teach various forms of communication styles used in different contexts. Email etiquette is a great example. College instructors know all well the infamous email greeting of “Hey” – not cool, and no, it will not go over well at work.
  3. Everything has an app and everything requires knowledge of technology. Integrating technology including mobile devices and the applications they support, will help support what students are learning in class. Find out what apps are new and use them in class. We just finished a lesson on idioms and guess what we found online, the “Idioms Dictionary” which allows one to search by phrase or word! And our next lesson was on “tone” – social media such as Twitter exchanges teach this one really well! Whether it is science, history, math, or economics, or a language, there are multiple apps, programs, and websites available to support those subject areas and disciplines.
  4. Technology allows students to revisit concepts multiple times in and out of the classroom, reinforcing concepts and providing practice.
  5. Integrating technology in the classroom allows students to develop and enhance digital citizenship skills. Using mobile devices is one thing, but learning how to do so responsibly and correctly is another.
  6. Using technology in the classroom is an effective way to reach students of all learning styles.
  7. Virtual reality and simulations provide an enhanced learning experience not possible with only traditional classroom instruction.
  8. Information changes rapidly and access to technology gives students the most up-to-date information.
  9. Students learn how to navigate online environments, locate, and evaluate resources and information quickly, supporting and building their knowledge in many areas.
  10. The teacher or trainer becomes the coach, facilitator, and encourager allowing students to develop as independent learners and seekers of information who have a desire to learn.
  11. Allowing students to use their own devices creates a sense of ownership and improves decision-making skills.
  12. Technology integration in the curriculum improves students’ learning processes and outcomes. Teachers who recognize computers as problem-solving tools change the way they teach.
  13. Technology teaches 21st century skills including personal and social responsibility, planning and critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, communication skills for interpersonal and presentation needs, and knowing how and when to use technology and selecting the most appropriate tool for the task.
  14. The Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology also found that technology positively affects student achievement and academic performance.
  15. Technology transforms the learning experience allowing students to have numerous opportunities to learn and to become more creative.

 

 

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