It goes without saying that the last decade has seen huge changes in the way technology is used in the classroom. Gone are the days of having just desktop computers. Now schools have access to ICT suites and interactive whiteboards, not to mention tablets and laptops in their own trolleys being used for lessons on a daily basis.
Technology has evolved in classrooms rapidly and it shows no signs of slowing down. Students nowadays are totally used to technology being in their lives, and in many schools, it seems to be expected that there is some form of technology. So with this evolution, just how has technology impacted the classroom?
1. Makes Learning Interactive
When you give a set of students a project to work on, they’re much more likely to use the Internet and laptop or tablet technology than an encyclopaedia or textbook for research. It makes getting information faster and simpler, and it’s more interactive (you can get hold of videos easily which can explain complex things).
Not only this, new software and digital apps also offers teachers the opportunity to deliver interactive lessons and students to create homework that is bright, colourful and ultimately, engaging.
2. You Can Take Learning Home
The classroom of 10 years ago also differs from now as learning can more easily continue between school and home. EducationCity’s Home Access is a great example of where technology allows students to do this seamlessly; it means both Key Stage 1 and 2 students can access EducationCity both at home and at school, so they can carry on their learning from where they left off.
3. Saves Teachers Time on Marking and Assessment
Technology can also provide detailed reports of students’ progress which are easy to view and saves you time marking.
EducationCity’s SuccessTracker, for instance, provides feedback from Activities and Tests in real time so you can check understanding during the lesson and judge whether anyone needs a little more help. This means overall improvement is attained at school too – win, win!
4. Makes Lesson Planning Super Simple
As well as all this, technology can also make lesson and homework planning quick and easy which is great for a teacher’s busy schedule.
Take MyCities on EducationCity, they allow teachers to plan lessons and homework, like Activities, worksheets and Learn Screens, in advance, and even track the progress from them. They don’t go to waste either and can be re-used year on year. That’s a thumbs up from us on saving time!
5. Classroom Collaboration
Technology also offers flexible options for classroom-based education. Whilst you can use tablets for individual learning, teachers can also promote collaborative learning in groups on laptops and as a class on the IWB. This means students aren’t just learning concepts, but they’re also gaining skills in working with their classmates and solving problems together.