Benefits of Technology in Academia

March 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Sorry it took me so long to get this one going! This one isn’t super technical, but moreso some food for thought!

Remember the days of those silly overheads? Now are the days of the smartboards and schools giving their students IPads. There are a multitude of reasons why technology is helpful to all students in the classroom. Engineering this technology could be an excitement in itself as well!

Technology motivates students to pay attention and be interested in the subject matter. Having a teacher stand in front of the class and talk for eternity is boring. With a smartboard for instance, students are more likely to volunteer to participate because they want to “play with a new toy”. Solving math problems for instance on a smart board is more fun than doing it on a worksheet. Also, engaging students in technology helps them to have multisensory engagements in the lessons because not only do they see it in writing, but they can visualize the concepts as well.

Technology improves grades and test scores for students. No one really likes tests (unless you’re super crazy of course)… especially standardized tests, such as the ACT and SAT. According to a study that was taken at a school in New Hampshire, the computer technology caused the test scores of students to increase. Intrinsic motivation helps too, especially with online discussion boards. With smart boards as well, for example, if you are doing a math problem, everyone can see it and learn from that person’s success or mistakes. It’s easier to view and understand than an overhead or chalk/dry erase board because the user can create a neat interface, you can stay more organized than on a chalk/dry erase board or overhead, and you can easily save what you’ve done in class to use for future references or review materials for the students.

Technology enables you to solve problems and become more creative. Programs such as photoshop foster a different type of creativity than just drawing. Even a web developer/designer can be creative when they the user interface, choose the color scheme and what they want the site to look like, etc. Creative learning is integrated into a classroom curriculum (ex technical drawing), which fosters inventive thinking skills and self-expression. Creativity is also helpful for critical thinking and research (ex selecting topics, determining your search queries, etc.).

Technology helps students with special needs be able to communicate easier and learn more efficiently. For children who are nonverbal, for example, technology helps them to be able to communicate in general. There are systems, such as a picture exchange system to enabling communication through pictures, a voice output aid which allows people to type out what they want to say and have a pre-programmed voice speak for them, and much more. This technology enables them to work alongside students of normal mental capacity, increase their confidence, and feel like a regular student.

Imagine creating some of this technology… Could you ever see yourself doing that?

Don’t forget to take the quiz on ReggieNet if you’re in Math120!

Source for the study (and for most of this): https://sites.google.com/site/thedigitallibrarian/benefits-of-technology

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