The use of technology in the classroom

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Technology incorporation in the classroom is the theory, development, utilisation, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning. Technology is a broad term that often describes a discipline devoted to techniques or ways to make learning more efficient. It is the responsibility of each educator to provide an educational program that appropriately supports each child's learning development and learning goals. In a technology based society, children must understand and prepare to be productive, independent, creative, and knowledgeable individuals. Having proper access to technology and being able to use technology is essential and will be one of the many skills necessary for future use in the workplace. Technology is a crucial tool that children use to productively carry out ideas, acquire knowledge skills, and solve problems. Technology is both customizable and intrinsically motivating to children; it is compatible to expanding the learning experience. Research on the effectiveness of technology has focused on higher education, but research also suggests that users of specific technology can improve students of all grades learning capabilities as well.

Technology has many benefits; it allows student easy access to information, it offers a variety of solutions to problems and it has been used to improve students' grades. Integrating technology in the classroom is beneficial and allows students to be integrated into society as well as providing children with limitless possibilities. However, many educators believe that introducing children to technology is harmful. They believe that technology encourages laziness, can be expensive and that it interferes with children interacting with teachers and their classmates. In order for technology to be properly used in the classroom, educators must invest time and be interested in getting the proper training required to be able to effective in integrating technology and not hindering children from properly learning. Although using technology in the classroom has been debated, globally, incorporating technology in the classroom has been beneficial.

Anita Sharma, email

Use of Technology to Engage students better

Technology occupies an important place with in students lives. When they are not in school, just about everything that they do is connected in some way to technology. By integrating technology into the classroom, teachers are changing t he way they used to teach and providing students with the tools that will take them into the 21st century.

Technology changes by the minute, and as Educators we need to keep up with the times in order to best prepare our students for this ever-changing world that we live in. Students prefer technology because they believe that it makes learning more interesting and fun. Subjects that students deem challenging or boring can become more interesting with virtual lessons, through videos.

Like everything else, technology can be used for better or for worse. Here are some ways to engage the students better and ease them into difficult to grasp concept through technology.

1.    Involve students in making
Involve students in creating a little presentation around concept can be a great way. They collect some pictures around them and present their presentation in the classroom can boost their interest.

    2.  Get them to present abstract concept
The abstract concept is subject to science, geography is better grasped by using the videos or real-time examples. e.g students are encouraged to record every phase in the lab and then explain what they had done and present to the class their understanding of the concept.

       3.   Provide out of school experience
Take students to field trips and getting them to document their observations through pictures, movies and presentation encourage them to develop their skills like photography and writing. Allow them to pen down their thoughts and present it with a unique perspective.

     4.   Engage with social media
Students were encouraged to tweet their lesson or post try heir ideas on using a concept innovatively can be a great idea. e.g. students have to collect ideas on their lesson like energy , solar System and collate them to present their ideas.

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