Modern technology has completely revolutionized the way we communicate with each other, manage our lives, and connect with the world around us. Some might argue that technology can be a hindrance, and even a danger. However, the truth is that technology is only as bad (or as good!) as the ways in which people choose to use it, and it may just be what our children need when it comes to developing a passion for learning. How so? Read on to learn about how teachers are using technology to engage children in the classroom.
You may think of popular networks like Facebook and Twitter when you hear the term “social media,” and wonder what in the world these virtual meetup forums have to do with school-age children. However, what you might not realize is that there are numerous other, private social media networks that teachers, students, parents, and school faculty may use as a means to keep in touch, share data/documentation, and seek/provide guidance.
If you are a working parent, then you should be able to appreciate the convenience of being able to sit in front of a computer with your child before bed time in order to go over class lessons, homework assignments, and concepts that your child may be having a difficult time grasping.
Learning should be fun. As a matter of fact, providing fun learning experiences is the best possible way to encourage your child’s enthusiasm for learning. Today, technology can be used in the classroom to engage children by way of learning games that can be accessed through both personal computers and mobile devices.
Virtual Learning Environments
The sad truth is that funding for education is constantly being negotiated, and in worst case scenarios, cut by state and federal governments. This often means limited resources when it comes to things like school supplies, lab equipment, and field trips.
Virtual learning environments like labs and art studios enable your children to experience a wide range of educational experiences, regardless of how much space there is in the school budget for a new room.
As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one. That being said, a multitude of heads, put together, equates to even more learning, critical thinking, and deeper understanding. Modern technology enables teachers and students in one classroom to interact with other classrooms from all over the world. Just imagine the implications of your children being able to attend a Japanese math class or a Spanish lesson in Mexico, from the comfort and safety of their desks at school.
As you can see, there are numerous ways in which technology can be used to enrich your children’s educational experience. The great thing about this exciting new frontier is that, when it comes to learning, there are no limits, and opportunities are afforded to everyone, equally.