The classroom environment has changed dramatically over recent years, with many teachers having to learn new techniques in order to make their lessons more appealing and up to date for their students. Classrooms now have electronic and interactive whiteboards rather than the typical blackboard that many people will remember when they were in school, and students now have access to laptops and tablets in order to complete their work or conduct research within their lessons. In many schools having access to technology or basing lessons around using technology is now a necessity, not a luxury.

Using technology within the classroom helps students prepare for their future careers, which will inevitably include the use of wireless technology. Technology is constantly developing and it is important that students are introduced to it during school so they can become accustomed with it.

WHY?

Integrating technology within the classroom is a great way to achieve diversity in learning styles and make lessons more engaging for all students.

By using technology within the classroom it allows students to interact with each other by encouraging collaboration and group work or presentations.

When students can be interactive within their lessons, the environment of the classroom can be more enjoyable and they will be more motivated to learn and concentrate.

One of the main advantages of students having access to technology within their lessons is that students are able to access the most up to date information quicker and easier than ever before. They will have access to information that is constantly being updated. It is often more vivid, helpful and creative and a lot cheaper than buying books for students on a regular basis.

  • 50% of students ages 10-18 go online for homework help at least once a week
  • 75% of students aged 5-7 regularly use technology to play educational games
  • 77% of teachers say technology use in the classroom motivates students to learn
  • Almost 70% of primary and secondary schools in the UK now use tablet computers
  • Between 2014- 2016 the number of tablet computers in schools is expected to rise from about 430,000 to almost 900,000
  • 65% of teachers say technology lets them demonstrate things they couldn’t show another way

However there are consequences of students relying on the internet to help them with their work;

  • 76% of teachers say “Search engines have conditioned students to expect to be able to find information quickly and easily”
  • 71% of teachers agreed that today’s digital technologies discourage students from finding and using a wide range of resources for their research

However, not all teachers are eager to use technology within their lessons with a lack of training holding many back. A third of primary schools and a similar number of secondary schools also say they are unsure about how to integrate technology into their curriculum, leading to many items going unused on a regular basis.

With technology in schools costing an estimated £623 million this year alone, it is vital that all teachers receive the necessary training in order to progress their lessons and use all facilities provided to them.

Here are ten bloggers we’d recommend to look at for more information on using technology in the classroom:

 

  1. The Innovative Educator
  2. The Daring Librarian
  3. EdTech RoundUp
  4. Edudemic
  5. MindShift
  6. Free Technology 4 Teachers
  7. Cycles of Learning
  8. Edutopia
  9. Steve Hargadon
  10. My Paperless Classroom

 

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