There is no doubt in saying that technology has made our lives very easy. It was indeed a great debate and discussion about the pros and cons of Technology enhancing teaching and learning. I was on the agree side in the beginning and after listening to all the discussion; I was still on the agree part because I believe that technology is truly helping educators to enhance learning and teaching among students. In my own experience of teaching, usage of technology like smartboards, interactive boards, laptops, the internet, and many technological advancements play a vital role in bringing innovativeness in teaching students.
Technology has become a way of life for students. Even when they are not in school almost everything they do is connected to technology in some way. This has predisposed students to be able to connect with technology in the classroom. It is much easier to connect with individualized lesson plans through technology than by reading a textbook or listening to a long lecture. Students are also able to connect with the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century. Technology in the classroom is essential for increasing student engagement and empowering educators to create innovative learning experiences in and out of class. With an Internet connection, we have access to information at our fingertips 24 hours a day. We can find almost anything online, in its most up-to-date version. For students, this means access to everything from research materials and educational apps to interactive edutainment and open resources from prestigious universities around the world. (Students may, however, need instruction on how to find credible resources and direction on providing proper attribution when they use them.) Students can also supplement their learning by connecting with online groups and virtual communities in real-time, or by collaborating on group projects using tools such as wikis and cloud-based apps. And instructors can provide access to the course material (and additional resources) by setting up portals through learning management systems or giving access to course-specific software for each learner. For budget-conscious educators, open educational resources may provide helpful course materials their students can access throughout a course.
As mentioned by the agree side in one of their reading about how technology is improving education through the vast range of educational apps, software, and e-learning tools. Similarly, in my last course #eci832 I learnt about Commonsense Media Education and it provides a great way of lesson plans for teachers, especially at the elementary level, and helps educators as well as students to learn about media literacies. It gives quick and easy teaching strategies for integrating technology into the classroom.
Technology changes extremely quickly. It is important that educators keep up with these changes to ensure students are prepared for our ever-changing world. Integrating technology into the classroom can enhance student learning. However, it is also important to remember that technology is not a complete replacement for traditional methods. Technology should be used to enrich the overall educational experience and improve student learning outcomes. This will allow the technology used to have a profound impact on student learning.
Gunpreesh kaur 🙂