Technology serves as a visual aid and can be used as a teaching tool to enhance a lesson plan or objective.
21st Century Classroom The 21st Century classroom is considered a smart classroom. A smart classroom is a classroom that has an instructor station equipped with computer and audiovisual equipment, allowing the instructor to teach using a wide variety of media. The 21st Century classroom integrates technology that students interact with everyday such as Twitter, Facebook, Podcasting, iPod, iPad, cell phone, and many more.
“A-Ha” Technology in the Classroom
Technology is important resources to integrate curriculum.
Teachers can use social media to influence students learning.
Technology engages students in learning
Technology equips us for global high tech society.
Technology solves diversity in the classroom.
Technology helps differentiate lesson plans.
Technology frees the student in the learning process.
Technology helps teachers assess students on what they have learned.
Advantages of Technology in the Classroom
Enhances the curriculum
Increases flexibility of presenting material
Backs up key concepts being taught
Provides visuals of information presented
Equips students to handle the technical advances in their society
Teachers become more efficient with instructional time
Student become more motivated
Advantages of Technology
Advantages “A-Ha” Moments
Technology helps in the learning process.
Teachers should use many technological techniques when introducing subject matter.
Technology makes learning fun.
Technology motivates the student to learn.
Technology brings life into subject matter that some seem boring.
Technology enhances student's reception to material they think is hard.
Disadvantages of Technology in the Classrooms
Students loose hands on experience
Students do not gain social skills
Literacy skills are not gained
Emotional skills are not fully developed
Critical Thinking skills are not acquired
Cognitive skills are not fully gained
Safety of the students can not all ways be monitored
Disadvantages of Technology
Disadvantage “A-Ha” Moments
Technology is not all ways a good way to promote learning.
Technology has it set backs.
Technology is expensive and is not manageable in urban communities.
Technology is not measureable in assessing students success
Literacy should be master before technology should be integrated in classroom instruction.
Technology may not all ways be monitored for safe engagement.
Conclusion Technology has its pros and its cons like any other instructional tool. Literacy should be promoted and gained before students are released to interact with the technology in the classroom. If students are set free to learn with technology, the teacher must make sure that students are utilizing technology in the proper way. I think technology assist teachers to create fun and interactive lesson plans. I think that students could benefit more from technology than not using it at all. SMART boards help teachers in their instruction time. Teachers are managing their instructional time with technology in the classroom. Technology has more pros than cons.
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