The Benefits of Using Technology in the Classroom
Leveraging classroom technology
Now more than ever, technology in the classroom is key to creating a modern learning experience that reflects the evolving needs of both students and instructors.
As K–12 educators prepare students for a world where change happens at a rapid pace, they rely on multiple tools to communicate lessons. And, a study from Cambridge International revealed that the integration of technology in schools only continues to grow: 75% of students reported using computers in the classroom, followed by 42% using smartphones and 33% using interactive whiteboards.
Integrating edtech into today’s classroom means more than training students on basic computer skills. Digital tools are helping to deepen and enhance the learning process. As the magazine Education Technology Solutions explained, research shows technology-enabled learning allows students to acquire and refine their problem-solving skills as well as their ability to work both individually and collaboratively to find a real-world solution.
Smartphones, laptops and all other digital tools help students develop technology skills while making learning more fun, increasing student engagement.
Using technology in class is helping students better understand and engage with learning materials.
Supporting a hybrid learning environment
Hybrid learning has become a widespread phenomenon, with many schools adopting a mixed model of in-person and remote lessons.
Classroom tech has empowered students to achieve more autonomy. As educational tools help to spread access to information, teachers can create more meaningful and in-depth lesson plans as students more easily seek out and gather information. By integrating technology into the lesson plan, an educator can spend more time in class advancing problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills rather than just reciting traditional curriculum.
By leveraging technology, a new model of education is emerging, fostering more interaction and small group work opportunities.
Digital tools for summer learning
Technology will be a critical component when developing summer lesson plans as well as catch-up curricula that ensures continuous learning and minimal disruption.
Deploying edtech helps teachers to provide differentiated instruction for students who need additional support, and can help to close the achievement gap that tends to grow during the summertime. Johns Hopkins University found that although two-thirds of the achievement gap can be attributed solely to unequal summer learning opportunities, most states and districts have not made summer learning a priority.
A technology-rich summer school program and catch-up lessons will help to create a more equitable learning environment, giving at-risk students new opportunities to connect with teachers and learn throughout the year.
Connecting with educators
The benefit of using digital learning tools in the classroom is clear, but achieving effective technology integration still poses a significant challenge to most school districts. This is where your edtech company can help.
Educational technology tends to be more effective when the company providing it also supports its use in the classroom. Helping teachers learn how to best integrate it across their curriculum and offering opportunities for professional development is just as is important to the user experience as your actual product.
Work with administrators to understand the resources their district or school system needs. Armed with this knowledge, your company can provide the right tech support for both teachers and students to achieve effective integration that enhances learning.
The future of learning
The integration of technology and education is paving the way for an increasingly inclusive future, where learning is easier, streamlined and more engaging.
To succeed in this new landscape, companies will need to deliver tech that is focused on increasing deeper learning, creativity and innovation. At Agile Education Marketing, we’ll help you to build more innovative campaigns driven by data intelligence, targeted outreach and multi-channel optimization.
Learn more about the future of education in our recent webinar, or contact our team today with any additional questions.