Education + Technology = The Future.
We’ve seen this equation come to life and evolve over the last two years, as virtual learning has become necessary for teachers and students everywhere.
Technology cannot only bring learning and text to life for students, but it also can solve some of K-12 education’s most plaguing problems.
Overly Crowded Classrooms
Classroom sizes have become a concern over the years. It’s not uncommon for a teacher to have 30+ students in a classroom. Blended learning offers a solution to growing student populations. Blended learning is a combination of face-to-face teaching and online learning. The data from blended learning provides rapid and practical feedback to schools and provides educators with insights into what is working and what is not when it comes to student learning.
When technology and traditional learning methods are combined, students are often rotated to learn in different ways throughout a course. For example, some students with similar abilities will work closely with their teachers. In contrast, others might work through online tasks on the computer, and another group might be working on a group project center.
This approach enables the teacher to focus on fewer children while tailoring each student’s learning approach. In addition, tech-aided learning methods give teachers more time, so they can provide more attention to their students where it’s needed the most.
Donors Choose, a popular crowdfunding site, allows anyone to fund teachers who want to run educational projects in their classrooms but lack the money to do so. Essentially, it’s a Kickstarter for school projects where you can personally pitch in and help, such as funding the purchase of Chromebooks, multi-sensory seating, or supporting the transport costs of a field trip. This type of crowdfunding technology has the potential to turn once-impossible ideas into an educational reality for students and teachers across the country.
If teachers were given more freedom, a blended learning model would likely be implemented, and innovation would skyrocket! Other creative ed tech options for student learning include Game-based learning, virtual field trips, and virtual book clubs.
BlinkLearning is a resource that allows teachers to create their own personalized, interactive courses. Students can access these courses on any device while an app records their progress. As a result, the course can quickly be adapted to their needs if students are struggling.
Technology is a fabulous tool for on-demand education. Used in a partnership with the school curriculum, this can help children progress. Students can utilize it at home or anywhere else they might be. In addition, parents can get involved with their student’s education in a fun and simple way by offering some fun on-demand knowledge to their children.
Technology is a Learning Tool
Over the years, technology has been viewed as a tool for entertainment, not learning. The alleged problem or concern is that children enter an entertainment mode rather than a learning mode when using technology.
Why can’t it be both? Education should be exciting and even entertaining at times! Technology bridges gaps; Gaps of learning, gaps of time, and gaps of innovation within the classrooms. Ed-tech learning tools offer students a more fulfilling educational experience that otherwise could not happen.
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