Technology</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Technology is revolutionizing the education field by allowing struggling students to build academic and individual strength and productivity.
However, the classroom of the 21st century needs so much more than technology.
Teachers still will need to support and monitor how these students use technology in order to rip the maximum benefits
The community, schools and parents must work together as a support system for our students</li></li></ul><li>Characteristics of the classroom of the future<br /><ul><li> Classrooms need to be active spaces where different learning styles could be access: visual, tactile and other kinesthetic learning styles
All students must have equal access to technology (both at home with funded programs and in schools)
Students must be challenged with activities that tap into their motivation and interests.
Students must have differentiating instructions where all learning levels could be accommodated and challenged.
Students will be encouraged to collaborate in the classroom and become critical thinkers.</li></li></ul><li>Characteristics of the classroom of the future<br /><ul><li> Students with hearing, visual, cognitive, physical and behavior disabilities must have access to a device, tool, counseling or software to help them communicate and achieve success in the school settings</li></li></ul><li>Factors affecting the Classroom<br /><ul><li>Students with disabilities and minorities are the most underrepresented and most misinterpreted group of students.
Classrooms are rigid places where students are punished constantly for misbehavior.
Students have lost motivation and/or are unable to access the curriculum
State curriculum covered too much material that can’t possibly be taught in 1 school year.
Therefore, the lack of meaningful and culturally diversified content
Students’ learning is only access via standardized summative tests which excludes assessments for kinesthetic learners
The lack of innovative and up-to-date technology infrastructure in our schools
The lack of technology training for educators and students.
The resistance and fear to change which specially comes from our educational system leaders. </li></li></ul><li>Possible Solutions to these problems<br /><ul><li>Acknowledge your students even when the student cannot contribute to the class due to a disability.
Teach students to work collaboratively and become critical thinkers and active participants of their learning.
Become a teacher researcher to acquire a better understanding of your students’ learning and needs.
Learn classroom management techniques and implement behavioral intervention when needed.
Offer positive reinforcement to your students – catch them being good and recognize this. Use punishment sparingly.
Offer extrinsic and intrinsic values to increase students’ motivation. This can help with students’ behavior and lesson attainment.
Diversified and differentiate your instruction method to make it accessible to kinesthetic learners and to students at different learning levels
Create a support team to identify those students at risk. Contribute to ideas to create early intervention programs.
Professional development for educators, and reach out programs to the community and the parent. All should work together.</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br /> Through action research in the classroom, through implementation of Technology to access the students’ needs, professional education, differentiated instructions and a complete educational reform, educators can make a difference and help change the life of their students and educate them for the skills needed in the 21st century.<br />
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