Technology has quickly become a mainstay in the field of education. It provides limitless opportunities for maximizing learning potential in the classroom while helping students prepare for a career in this technology-driven world.
As a teacher, technology can make your life easier; it allows you to:
- Facilitate multiple intelligences
- Actively engage a wide variety of learners
- Reach students in a meaningful manner
- Deconstruct difficult concepts
- Demonstrate a connection between the classroom and the real world
- Enhance students’ communication, organizational, and research skills
- Evaluate student performance
- Maintain student grades
- Get children excited about learning
The key to effectively using technology lies in understanding the various programs and devices and sifting through them to find the most valuable and beneficial. I’ve researched and broken down the eight tech tools every new teacher should learn and use in their classroom. All of these tools are focused on education, add value to the classroom, and engage students at every level.
Educational Technology, according to me is the study of the process of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the instructional environment, learning materials, learners, and the learning process in order to improve teaching and learning. Educational technology is important in education because it enables today’s teachers to incorporate new technologies and tools into the classroom. Teachers can upgrade and improve their classroom’s learner-centeredness. It allows teachers to engage their students in the novel, creative, and equitable ways. Teachers can also expand their network and connect with other teachers and educators on a national and global scale.
Another essential definition of educational technology focuses on the theory and practice of utilizing new technology to develop and implement innovative educational approaches to learning and student achievement. Behind all the high-tech tools, the digital bells and whistles, are the teachers who possess the skill — and the inspiration — to use these new technologies to expand the educational universe of their students.
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand,” says education technology pioneer David Warlick, “because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”