How important is technology in education?

Teaching is a challenging profession and even when teachers go home at the end of the day, their work often isn’t done. You get me, right? 

From grading assignments and planning lessons to communicating with parents about their child’s progress or misbehaves, teachers have busy schedules and long to-do lists.

So, what could help? What could be a good solution?

Well of course, TECHNOLOGY.

Teachers who learn to embrace technology can improve their efficiency, streamline their work, and even lighten their workload by letting technology take care of some of their administrative tasks.

In addition, as advances in technology drive globalization and digital transformation, teachers can help students acquire the necessary skills to succeed in the careers of the future.

Increased Collaboration and Communication

Educational technology can foster collaboration. Not only can teachers engage with students during lessons, but students themselves can communicate with each other and work together to solve problems. Moreover, in collaborative activities, students can share their thoughts and ideas and support each other. 
At the same time, technology enables one-on-one interaction with teachers. Students can ask course-related questions and seek additional help on difficult-to-understand subject matter. At home, students can upload their homework, and teachers can access and evaluate assignments using their laptops.
Teachers can also communicate more effectively with parents and students regarding upcoming assignments, supplementary lesson plans, and areas where students could benefit from extra practice.

Personalized Learning Opportunities

With the help of technology, teachers can create lessons based on student interests and strengths. An added benefit is that students can learn at their own pace. When they need to review class materials to get a better understanding of essential concepts, students can review Powerpoint presentations or videos. The data generated through these online activities enable teachers to analyse, report and take measures to help students who struggle with certain subjects and offer additional assistance or support.

There are many resources online that allow students to explore and expand their knowledge with a variety of content.
As reported in Apps Developed by Academics, in 2015, there were at least 80,000 educational apps so imagine how many educational apps and platforms are available now! 

Curiosity Driven by Engaging Content

Through engaging and educational content, teachers can spark inquisitiveness in children and boost their curiosity, which research says has ties to academic success. Curiosity helps students get a better understanding of math and reading concepts. Creating engaging content can involve the use of technology.  Augmented reality, videos, audios, games or podcasts, you name it and simply implement it during your classes. 

Classroom gaming

Well, video games, if used aptly, can improve students’ learning. There are innumerable educational games that allow students to learn, quiz and test what they have learned. Students can challenge each other which is another excellent thing that keeps them motivated. PCs, laptops and tablets let them continue learning even outside the classroom.

Basic technology skills that all educators should NOW have:

  • Word Processing Skills
  • Spreadsheets Skills
  • Database Skills
  • Web Navigation Skills
  • E-Mail Management Skills
  • Digital Cameras
  • File Management & Windows Explorer Skills
  • Installing Computer Software onto a Computer System
  • Video conferencing skills
  • Computer-Related Storage Devices (Knowledge: disks, CDs, USB drives, zip disks, DVDs, etc.)
  • Scanner Knowledge
  • Educational Copyright Knowledge
  • Computer Security Knowledge

Teachers looking to make the transition and acquire the skills to incorporate technology in education can take advantage of learning opportunities through VCA. Vijay Computer Academy offers many IT courses to prepare educators with essential skills like Excel, Advanced Excel, MS Office, Data Analytics and so on.

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