Why Your Classroom Needs Digital Technology

10 Reasons Why Your Classroom Needs Digital Technology

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Digital technology is intertwined in almost every aspect of our lives. It affects how we connect with people, how we shop, how we do our business and pay our bills, and, most importantly, how we learn. Effectively using technology is a 21st-century skill that every human being needs. It makes sense that we use this valuable learning tool in our classroom.

If you're still on the fence or wary about incorporating digital technology into your daily lessons, here are 10 reasons why your classroom needs technology.

1. It Prepares Students for Their Future

There is no denying that digital technology is here to stay. As technology evolves, we must evolve along with it. By keeping up with the ever-changing tech tools in your classroom today, you are preparing your students for the future careers tomorrow. 

2. It's Adaptive

A typical elementary school classroom has students with varying needs. Adaptive technology has the capability to give each individual student the version that he/she needs to learn at their own specific level. If a student is struggling, a computer has the ability to recognize that and provide guided practice until the student has mastered the skill. 

3. It Encourages Collaboration

Some studies show that the ability to collaborate is going to be more important in the future than content knowledge. Classroom teachers can use technology to promote collaboration and teamwork by connecting students with other students across the globe.

A great example of this is classroom pen pals (or ePals as they now call them). This is where students can connect and work with other students who live in another zip code. Teachers can also encourage collaboration in the classroom by grouping students together and utilizing all forms of technology, not just to connect to other classrooms.

4. It's Readily Available

As digital technology increases in our lives, it also becomes more readily available for users. This allows for a seamless connection between school and home. This means that students no longer have to wait until school to use technology to learn; they will now have access to work on collaborative projects and be able to virtually learn from home. The more technology becomes available, the cheaper it will become, which means easier access for classrooms. 

5. It's a Great Motivator

Let's face it, if you put an iPad in front of your students instead of a textbook, your students will be more excited to learn. This is because technology is fun and motivates children. The apps that are available make learning so much fun that students who have never experienced success with a pen and paper are now enjoying learning. This is can be quite the motivator for struggling students.

6. It Makes Your Job Easier

A teacher's job requires a lot of demands and sacrifices. Technology has the ability to make your job easier. No more late nights grading papers when there is an app that can help you, no more creating worksheets on your computer when you can download one that is already made, and no more trying to differentiate learning all by yourself.

The sheer range of planning tools that the internet and apps have to offer can make a teacher's life so much easier.

7. It Has Longevity, Which Saves Money

In traditional classrooms, textbooks have been a staple for centuries. However, they can get quite costly when you have to buy the updated version every year or two. Digital textbooks (which you can find on a tablet) are bright and colorful and loaded with up-to-date information. They also last for years and are much more engaging than old paper textbooks.

8. It Keeps Students Engaged

When technology is implemented into lessons, students who may have been disengaged in the past get excited to participate.  Technology is engaging: fun graphics and games mean that class doesn't even feel like learning.  Plus, digital technology comes quite easily to many children.

When children feel comfortable and confident in what they are learning, and how they learning, they will be more apt to participate in the lesson. 

9. It Facilitates Practice

As mentioned earlier, technology has the ability to be adaptive. For example, when users are engaged in an educational app, the computer knows how long a student needs to practice the skill in order to master it. There are many apps that challenge students to practice their skills, and if they master that skill they can win a badge or move up a level. If you are looking for a new way to engage your students while getting them to practice what they are struggling with, then use an app or computer program.

10. It Has The Ability to Differentiate Learning

Digital technology has the ability to differentiate learning. It has the ability to reach diversity in learning style. Computer programs know what a student needs to learn, and at what level they need to learn it on. Differentiating learning can be a difficult task, and it takes teachers a lot of time, time that can be spent on other things in the classroom. Technology makes it easy for teachers to reach all learners at the same time.

Integrating digital technology motives and engages students in their learning. It really is the future of education, so if you aren't on the bandwagon now, then you better jump on it today.

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