30 March 2012
The Positive Impact Technology Has On Students in K-12
Computers are placed throughout grocery stores, gas stations, movie theaters and even restaurants; however, students today have an advantage with computer technology because of the wide array of abilities that computer technology can provide to students’ academic and personal lives. Although computers can make people’s lives stress-free, technology also helps make knowledge fun and easy, which creates a whole new world of learning for students. Educators can provide students with a wide variety of tools that can expand their learning experience; therefore, students obtain an education filled with knowledge and skills that will provide them with the ability to take care of their everyday needs and responsibilities. Computer technology offers students a variety of ways to communicate, create, explore and entertain; moreover, the positive impact computer technology has on students in kindergarten through twelfth grade is something that can enhance and improve students education and prepare them for their future endeavors. As a matter of fact, computer technology in the classroom enhances students’ learning ability to develop the necessary skills to thrive inside and outside the classroom through the advanced technology such as visual aids, hands-on activities, and a variety of computer software to enhance students learning experience. When teaching about different countries, teachers can share with students different geographical areas such as real time data showing exact locations with vivid pictures and images rather than just a color coded map in a book. Moreover, they can share with their students how to do algebra equations step by step through videos, so the students can review and repeat as many times as necessary to master the proper technique. As a matter of fact, teachers can connect globally with other classrooms around the world to share and learn with other students. In “The Teacher’s Laptop as a Hub for Learning in the Classroom,” authors Judy M. Parr and Lorrae Ward state that “There is sufficient evidence (e.g., Crooks, Harrison, Farrington-Flint, Thomas, and Underwood, 2010) to suggest that, in certain contexts, it is possible for ICT to be integrated in ways that help prepare students for the 21st century” (55). At any rate, Information and Communications Technology is where technology and communication come together to enable others to communicate through the Internet, phone lines, media, and audio. For example, the newest hardware and software is designed specifically to help educators teach their students in a way designed for today’s world. Therefore, by educators bringing their laptops home with them, they become familiar with the newest hardware and software before sharing it with their class. As a matter of fact, teachers that have access to their own laptops are able to really integrate the technology into their lesson plans. Specifically, technology allows teachers the ability to plan the daily lessons, set achievement objectives, and even assess the students’ abilities. At any rate, having this type of technology gives teachers an edge more than ever before because they are able to develop new ways to engage their students in the learning process. This type of teaching helps teachers share with students presentations that provide charts and graphs, photos and images that entice and encourage students to want to engage in the process of learning. According to authors Judy M. Parr and Lorrae Ward, The key underpinning philosophy was that teaching is empowered when the learner is more engaged and independent. There was also a belief that students were more likely to “complete technology learning task [than a traditional paper and pencil one] because they can view their work, review their work, and be more involved in the process.” This school recognized that they were at a point where technology was seen as a “tool...
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