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Importance of Technology in the Classroom
Transcript of Importance of Technology in the Classroom
By: Holly Forbes
Reasons to use technology in the classroom
Reason 1. Expansion of time and place
In a typical high school a student has access to a teacher 40 minutes per day. That means they have access to that teacher 5% of their waking day, and even that time is shared with 25 classmates. A student has access to the Internet 100% of the time. That's 20X better.
Reason 3. Learning vs. Teaching
Technology allows the tables to be turned. Instead of teaching (push), students can be given projects that require them to learn (pull) the necessary material themselves
Reason 2. Depth of Understanding
When virtual manipulatives are used in a classroom setting they can go far beyond chalk and talk.
Using a projector, the teacher can conduct onscreen investigations and demonstrate concepts far more easily than with just words and arm-waving.
Reason 4. New media for self-expression
In the old days, students could write in a notebook, and what they wrote was seen only by the teacher. Using modern technology they can: Make a PowerPoint presentation, record/edit spoken word, do digital photography, make a video, run a class newspaper, run a web based school radio or TV station, do clay-mation, compose digital music on a synthesizer, make a website, or create a blog.
Reason 5. Collaboration
A vital skill in the new digital world is the ability to work collaboratively on projects with others who may not be physically close.
Collaboration can best be done using modern computer tools such as the web, email, instant messaging and cell phones
Reason 6. Being "Green"
There would be no use for paper, so schools don't have to waste money on paper, and the environment doesn't get harmed in any way
Reason 7. Personal Productivity
Students need productivity tools for the same reasons you do.
They need to write, read, communicate, organize and schedule. A student's life is not much different from other workers, and they need similar tools. Even if they are never used in the classroom, portable personal computers will make a student's (and teacher's) life more effective. To cash in this benefit, schools need to go paperless.
Reason 8. Lower Cost
It is not unusual for a textbook to cost over $120, and in community colleges, where they are purchased by the student, they can cost more than the tuition itself.
Through the use of open, free educational tools on the web, the dependence on expensive paper textbooks can be reduced.
1) Expansion of time and place
2) Depth of understanding
3) Learning vs. teaching
4) New media for self-expression
6) Being "Green"
7) Personal Productivity
8) Lower Cost