3 Simple Ways Teachers Can Embrace Technology

Using technology in the classroom is important for adapting to modern times. While educational professionals have mixed opinions about the value of technology in the classroom, the truth is that technology has become a major part of American society.

Technology should be used in the classroom, because American society will never be without computers again. Computers have integrated into the daily lives of Americans, and it is important for younger generations to know how to use computers to improve their learning habits and ultimately prepare them for success in their careers.

Improving Learning Habits for Students

One of the most common complaints of students is that they can’t see the writing on the chalkboard. Teachers fail to take this complaint into consideration when they use chalk on the chalkboard to explain math problems, English lessons and other important subjects in education. Digital whiteboards have transformed the ways that teachers communicate with students. Teachers can use digital whiteboards to convey important messages in a clear way. Students are able to see writing on whiteboards clearly, and a teacher can also type messages onto whiteboards.

Using Social Media in the Classroom

Teachers can also use social media to help students develop their communication skills. Instead of dismissing social media for the ways in which it has seemingly dehumanized communication, teachers can look for creative ways to show students how social media can be used for effective communication. English teachers can develop the writing skills of students by having them write concise tweets on Twitter. Twitter can actually be a tool to help students learn how to write in a concise fashion and get their point across.

Encourage Students to Blog

Blogging is another way that students can improve their writing skills. At colleges in Greensboro, you can find writing classes that are dedicated to the act of blogging. Students in these classes use blogging as a way to nurture their creativity and help encourage them to explore their thoughts and feelings through writing. Writing can also be therapeutic for students who live in impoverished areas and can help them express their emotions in a healthy way.

A teacher may want to decide upon a blogging assignment that also inspires students in order to get them writing as much as possible. A teacher may want to have students write about their dream traveling experience or address important social issues through a blog.

Integrating technology into the classroom can be an effective way to nurture a love of education within students. Technology does not have to have a negative connotation in the education world. It can be a beneficial tool that helps students think on their feet and write better.

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3 Comments

  1. Crissy Cochran

    July 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Great suggestions for teachers! So very simple. And now with safe, monitored educational social media like My Big Campus (www.mybigcampus.com), teachers don’t have to worry about safety threats that may be lurking on popular sites like Twitter and Facebook. And My Big Campus has the added bonus of features like Educational Resource Library, EduTalk, assessments, calendar, groups, etc.

  2. Bill Steinman

    August 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I am so terribly sorry, but this is a hammer (computers) looking for a nail (education). I have a doctorate in computer-based learning (honest) and I have yet to find anyone that can show me how computers for each student are any better than pencil and paper in the elementary grades. Once students get to middle school, they should have computers integrated into their assignments a little at a time to raise their skill levels. Once they get to high school, computers and other technology should be nothing more that tools to help them get ready for post–secondary education or jobs.

    On the other hand, teachers should be using technology to its fullest extent. Why should teachers re-invent the wheel year after year for the same lessons? Find some grant money, get together with others over the summer, and create multiple versions of each lesson for each class and make digital videos of them. Once completed, the school has a library of lesson pre-recorded and ready to go. Dividing fractions? No big deal. Writing compound sentences? No problem. Also, when students have to miss lessons for whatever reason, have them view the lessons with an aide or their parents, or on their own. Whomever seems most likely to be of more helpful. If a student needs to see more different lessons on the same subject, they have been developed ahead of time. BINGO!

    That’s how you make best use of computers, not tweeting. That’s just silly. They will get more than enough time to tweet as they get older.

    On another note, I think blogging has a lot of potential for student creativity and and active learning.

    Take care and share, share, share.

    Bill Steinman, Ed.D.

  3. Lesley

    August 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    This might be simple if we all lived in communities that provided the technology and training necessary for these simple things. I have one computer in my classroom. I am blocked from using educational wikis because our internet service crashes if too many people are using “high bandwidth sites” at the sale time. I don’t have an interactive whiteboard- I have an overhead projector. In fairness, there are three in-focus projectors in the school, with 3 laptops and sets of clickers that we can sign up to use and share amongst our 18 classrooms. But even after attending two trainings, I have yet to do so. My initial practice with the clickers and software showed several clickers were broken, or just wouldn’t connect and the software we purchased was not at all intuitive. I’m no tech guru, but I’ve been using computers for twenty five years now in my personal life. I am not completely inept. This summer I purchased an iPad and projector of my own, to use in the classroom, and I’ve been trying to get up to speed on my own for this school year. It shouldnt be this hard- or require my personal money to use “simple technology” in our schools. My kids cant blog, use interactive white boards, or use social media in school. They are just happy when our thirty minutes a week of computer lab isn’t cancelled due to more teacher training on implementing the common core. And if by chance we get our time, we have an actual Internet connection, AND enough there are enough computers for each child to use one- why, that’s like a blessing from the Technology Fairy!

    And lest you think I work in some distant place…I am only miles away from Boston, in a very diverse community with many schools, and many income brackets. Our more affluent neighborhood schools depend on their parent teacher organizations to provide them with current technology like whiteboards and laptops. But not all of us have that luxury.

    I really wish it were that simple!