Value of Educational Technology
Simply stated, education technology enhances the teaching-learning process for all teachers and students. Technology provides avenues for anytime-anywhere learning, student engagement in a subject, the possibility of incorporating multimedia in the teaching and learning dynamic, and greater access to research materials, teacher input, and the expansion of the learning environment.
Some students learn best by watching, some by hearing, and some by doing. Some people work best in the morning, while others prefer late nights. Technology allows students some freedom to learn in the modality that best suits them at a time that is best for them. Sites such as Khan Academy and YouTube have videos on almost any subject that can be used to help struggling students. With a teacher’s permission, students can record a lecture to be watched or heard later. Textbooks and materials can be stored digitally on the iPad and not require students to carry notebooks and composition books to various locations. The iPad gives some ownership and places responsibility of a student’s learning in his or her hands.
Today’s student does not know a world without technology. High School students cannot recall a time in their lives without the Internet or email. Video games and multimedia are a natural part of the world that in which they live. SMART boards allow teachers to incorporate rich multimedia into their presentations. Instead of only reading about a country, students can see images and video clips of what life is like in those areas. Complex mathematical concepts can be demonstrated to make learning more meaningful. Students can publish writing for teachers and peers to review. Technology allows us to show students more of the reasons why the specific topics we are learning are important.
Our technology allows learning to become multi-faceted. Students can read about a country, use Google Earth to see the land, seas and cities of today, and then create a presentation, prezi or movie on specific aspects of the country. Science teachers can demonstrate experiments that are cost prohibitive or too dangerous to perform live. Students can perform science experiments virtually on their iPads. Learning can be more exciting by the use of multimedia.
High School students have access to learning anywhere they have internet access. With their iPads, they can email teachers or classmates with questions, watch review videos, turn in assignments electronically, or search for other resources to help in their own education. By having access to notes and teacher handouts digitally, learning does not have to stop when students leave the school doors.