ENG 184: College Writing
19 April 2012
Technology in Education
Technology has changed the lives of Americans in many different ways in the past years. From our homes, to our jobs, to the cars we drive, and to the schools we go to, technology has changed the way we go about doing things in our daily lives. Technology has grown so much in the past few years that we do not even realize when we are using it. One of the newest ways technology is being used is in the classroom to teach students their curriculum. Schools integrate technology into the classroom in many different ways. Teachers use technology to play educational video games, give lessons from SMART Boards, or use iPads and iPods for an exciting new option to learn. There are different views on whether or not technology should be used as much as it is in the classroom. This might be because of all the pros and cons to the use of technology in the classroom.
There are many different technological devices that teachers can use in the classroom to help teach their students. Computers, SMART Boards, iPads and iPods are the newest devices used to teach students. The iPad and iPod are probably the newest devices used in the classroom. These devices provide educational applications that allow students to learn in a whole different way. According to WorldPress, “The iPad is making significant inroads in schools. Just over a month ago when Apple announced iBooks Author software and the iBooks textbook distribution method, Apple’s Phil Schiller said that 1.5 million iPads were in use in education settings, leveraging more than 20,000 education applications. While that is a small number compared to the total number of students in the US, there are a number of recent announcements that will add to those numbers.” (“Largest Deployment of iPads in Schools”) The use of iPads and iPods provide a new way of learning for students, and a new way of teaching for teachers. Students love using these devices because they get to play games while they are learning. I have never used iPads and iPods for teaching, but from my experience handling them, I think they would work well in the classroom. There are lots of applications that could be useful in teaching. For example, iBooks is an application that gives students the opportunity to get read their textbooks and other books on the iPad. According to Apple, “Students will now experience the most amazing textbooks they have ever read. They can flip through a book by sliding their finger along thumbnail images of the pages. If they do not know the definition of a word, one tap takes them to a glossary or dictionary. No longer limited to a single picture to illustrate the text, now students can flick through a gorgeous photo gallery or dive into an image with interactive captions. They can use a finger to rotate a 3D object to show a human brain from every angle, or have the answer spring to life in an interactive chapter review.” (Apple in Education) I think an application like this would be very beneficial for students. It provides easy access to all their books without having to carry around that big heavy backpack. These books are also cheaper on the iPad than they are the textbooks. It allows kids to update their version of the textbook so they do not have to buy a new textbook each year. Another example is “Algebra Touch”. This application provides algebra problems for the students and helps them solve these to problems to learn. These are not the only educational applications. There are many other applications that are created just for school settings. SMART Boards are also a new form of technology used in the classroom to help students learn. These boards are a new way for teachers to illustrate and interact with their students. The SMART Board website states, “Join millions of students and teachers around the world who use the SMART Board interactive whiteboard to help improve learning outcomes....
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