The last couple of years haven’t been easy for the educational sector. Today, more than ever, the educational community is looking for strategies to prepare schools for this new learning reality, rebuilding an education system that ensures learning continuity in different environments for all the children.
The COVID-19 increased the velocity of change around technology adoption and the integration of technology in the learning process is here to stay – however, this modernization of teaching methods was long overdue. This is the opportunity to rethink and revamp the educational sector.
But why is technology so critical to improving the education process and why you should start using it in your classrooms right now?
Technology Gives Instant Access to Knowledge – Using technology in the classroom gives teachers the chance to provide their students with the guidance to find the right sources and teach them how to assess the quality of the information they find online. 74% of teachers believe technology enables them to reinforce and expand the content taught (Source: WorldBank)
Technology Keeps Students Engaged – Teaching the exact same thing but using a computer or a tablet can encourage more active participation in the learning process which can be more difficult to achieve through traditional methods. When technology is integrated into lessons, students are found to be more interested in the subjects they are studying. Teachers can also use different apps or trusted online resources to enhance those traditional ways of teaching. 96% of teachers agree that technology increases student engagement in learning (Source: WorldBank)
Technology Encourages Individual Learning – Technology personalizes the learning experience and provides greater opportunities for students with varying needs. They can learn at their own speed, go back to lessons and get online instructions to support the learning process. 72% of teachers refer that technology creates a customizes learning experience (Source: Deloitte)
Technology Improves Knowledge Retention – Students who are interested in things they are studying, are more likely to have a better knowledge retention.
Technology Encourage Collaboration With Students – Technology can encourage collaboration with students in the same classroom, at the same school, or even with other classrooms around the world. One of the best ways to enhance the communication between students in the classroom is with teamwork projects and collaborative learning. Students can ask questions, discuss different topics, and help each other learn in a safe online environment created by teachers. 64% of the teachers said that technology allows students to collaborate even when not together (Source: Deloitte)
Technology Makes Learning More Fun – When teachers introduce technology in the classroom, they are using something that students like, and they are opening the doors to a limitless world of knowledge. Challenging or boring subjects can become more interesting with virtual lessons, through a video, or when using a tablet.
Technology Prepares Students for the Future – In an ever-changing world, learning without technology doesn’t fully prepare students for the challenges they will face as adults, no matter their future careers. Students have to know how to use the internet to complete projects and most importantly, into their future jobs, technology skills will be required. So, it is very important to bring this technology in the classroom and also incorporate it into their educational curriculum.
Technology Ensures Learning Continuity – Technology can be adapted to a wide range of external conditions giving students the opportunity to learn in a changing environment. Students can learn in any environment – school/home/hybrid – and not compromise the learning process. Governments all over the world are using technologies to provide remote learning opportunities for students while schools are closed because of COVID-19 (Source: UNESCO)
There are multiple reasons why teachers should start introducing tech tools into their classrooms. However, despite the positive trends towards adopting technology in the classroom, the full menu of technology is still not universally available to all students. Many schools, especially in rural areas, do not have the same opportunities. Nowhere is the ‘digital divide’ more evident than in K-12 education, particularly in the emerging countries where infrastructure and connectivity are still precious resources and COVID-19 has exacerbated that.
One thing is for sure – now is the time to prioritize students and closing the Digital Divide is more necessary than ever.
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