Students are already interested in using the latest technology so this is a great opportunity for teachers to harness that interest for educational purposes. Incorporating the interest, laptops, tablets and even smartphones into the curriculum has many benefits for teachers and students alike.
Engages students and creates active learners. Using a computer, tablet, or other device encourages self-directed learning and creates an active participant in the learning process, rather than passive learners found in a lecture environment. Interactive lesson plans can help turn “boring” conceptual subjects like math and science into fun, engaging, and educational activities for students.
Encourages individual learning and growth. No one learns in the same way or at the same pace, but technology can level-set the classroom. For example, technology can provide accommodations for struggling or disabled students, and virtual lesson plans provide individualized instruction for all. Students can learn at their own speed, reviewing difficult concepts or skipping ahead as needed. Additionally, access to the internet gives students access to a broad range of resources to conduct research.
Facilitates peer collaboration. In a research project conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, many educators reported that technology-facilitated peer collaboration. They noted that when students were assigned to small groups for technology-based projects, those students who already had certain computer and technology skills routinely assisted less skilled students. Peer tutoring, mentoring and collaboration were the unexpected results of the technology integration.
Prepares students for the real world. Technology is an integral part of how we work and live, every day. Teaching students how to use technology to learn, research, collaborate, and solve problems from an early age will better prepare them for their careers. It can also help reduce the fear of new technology in the future by familiarizing them with the discovery process for each new tool.
Creates more engages and successful teachers. Using technologies like virtual lesson plans and internet resources can help free up time both in developing and delivering the curriculum. This allows teachers to spend more time with the students who are struggling, ensuring the whole class is better prepared for tests and advancement.