Teacher student communication can be greatly improved by using Classroom technology. This type of technology is helping educators create a more personalized learning environment for all types of students. This new approach also keeps students engaged and performing efficiently. Using technology in the classroom even allows students to learn at a rate which they are comfortable.
Let’s take a look at how technology in schools has positively changed the learning playground and streamlined various aspects of the teaching profession.
Resources are Open To Everyone
Thanks to the new advances in technology, everyone has access to educational open educational resources from content experts around the globe. With wifi and a computer, or even a smartphone or tablet, anyone can jump on the web and find reliable text, video, and interactive resources from prestigious schools and universities!
Increased Precision In Demonstrations
High quality, engaging visual aids are readily available to illustrate to students what certain reactions or experiments look like, that might not be conceivable within the classroom because of their size or their level of danger. Likewise, students can now take virtual field trips around the world, whereas previously they might be limited to pictures in a textbook. By integrating technology into their classrooms, teachers can create lesson plans that are of higher relevance, more up to date, and improve student learning.
With email, the internet, discussion boards, and online agendas, communication between educator and student has never been more synchronous. Not to mention the ability to communicate and collaborate with peers is also at their fingertips. Have a question? You can post it to the masses in seconds!
Light Speed Research
With the cloud’s ability to store information, research done on the web is now more favorable and effective than heading to the library. Rather than having to search through hundreds of pages to find what you are looking for, search engines utilize algorithms that are much more efficient and can suggest connected topics you may have not otherwise thought to search.
Students are able to save time using technology in research, and therefore are able to move on to presenting and discussing ideas and information more deeply and efficiently.
Things to Remember About Improving Teacher Student Communication
Students Learn at Their Speed
Students progress through concepts and learning standards at different rates. Students come to a lesson with different baseline knowledge and often have a preferred way to learn, be it visual, kinesthetic, or auditory. Using technology in the classroom allows for self-paced learning, so students who need more time or multiple versions of a lesson to keep pace with other students can do so. This is where the true magic of personalized learning happens!
Making Learning Fun
Using technology in school has students enjoying their studies more than before. The more a student is engaged in a lesson or concept, the higher the student’s retention rate. The color, life and interaction that computers and tablets can bring to a subject makes them more engaging. The pace of innovation in technology inside and outside of schools means that there are always new tools for students to leverage in approaching a subject or finding better solutions.
Assessing Students Properly
Technology also provides teachers with the tools to efficiently track their students’ progress. Computer software is available that allows teachers to collect real-time assessment data, which tracks how far along students are, the amount of time spent on a question, and how well they are doing in each subject. With this information, the teacher can decide if the student or students are struggling with a concept, and make adjustments to the learning plans for individual students, cohorts of students, or the entire class.
As educational professionals, we need to constantly be learning, and adapting to the changes so that we can continue to amplify the efficacy of the practices in our classrooms. With the expansion of key technologies into the education field, it is important that we take advantage of all that they have to offer. It’s why we are so passionate about our IT, data, and professional development programs – we have so much faith in the impact that technology can have on student outcomes. With so many different technological platforms and tools, it’s now up to educators to seize the opportunity!