When technology is used in the classroom, students can become digitally literate and learn in ways that they never could have before. But if teachers use the tech tools too often or if they aren’t properly trained, students can become over-reliant on them and may lose interest in teacher-led lessons.
For this generation, it’s expected for students to conduct research via the internet—a practice that also helps them learn how to sift through information and find reputable sources. Additionally, they can create projects that incorporate software and other technology to develop a deeper understanding of these platforms and how they work.
Online learning tools like word processors, spreadsheets, and learning management systems help students keep track of their assignments, and make it easier for them to access the materials they need. In addition, they don’t need to worry about keeping paper calendars or putting down pencils that will get lost.
Teams can collaborate using shared interfaces or group devices, and teachers can comment directly on their students’ digital homework submissions. This instant feedback can help students stay engaged and on track.
Using videoconferencing apps like Zoom, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime to invite virtual guest speakers to engage with the class is an easy way to include technology in the classroom. Additionally, teachers can encourage their students to participate in virtual field trips or take a lesson on the solar system, black history, or ocean plastics while they are at home.