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Technology and Learning

Given the realities of our modern age and the demands of our children’s future, teachers need to incorporate modern technology into classroom instruction. Technology is a new way of transforming the classroom.  It is a tool to help the class become more productive and interesting.  Not everything needs to be done with technology in the classroom, but it can show children a different side of learning, a new technique to figure out problems, and help them with future technology skills. Technology is rapidly growing and changing each day that if the children do not keep up with the technology they could fall behind.  For example, if one teacher does not use technology in the class and the other teacher has laptops for each child, it will be easier for the children who have already worked with computers to use them in the future for other classes, projects, jobs, etc.

Also, technology is a beneficial learning tool in the classroom!  It can get students more engaged, improve collaboration, and can make it fun for them.   The many ways that children can use technology to become more engaged are video streaming, podcasts, playing educational games, social media, blogging, etc.  The children will become more engaged because most children have a Facebook and/or Twitter nowadays, and incorporating what they already participate in and believe is fun will get them more involved.  The video below shows how children like to get involved with computers to narrate videos of themselves and thoughts they have.  A lot of children like to show themselves and show their work to a wider audience.  The use of Internet and different applications on computers can supply this for them.  For them, they feel like the people not in the classroom who read it actually care about it because they are not from the same classroom and are not forced to participate. Technology gets the kids more involved and excited to learn the material at hand and that is what we want from the children to want to learn. Not only do the kids enjoy it, but also research shows that technology integration improves K-12 achievement, science learning, writing skills, and math concepts.

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