When technology is misused, it can cause distractions. Imagine being in the middle of a lesson while a couple of students are busy playing games or answering text messages. This not only interrupts you, but also interferes with other students’ learning.
Teaching and technology can mix, but it needs to be controlled and limited. It’s important to teach children how to take responsibility for their use of technology. Technology can have a powerful role in the classroom if it’s used effectively. At Walker Elementary School in Milwaukee, mobile technology has become a huge part of how grades K-12 are taught. Its emphasis on digital learning has increased engagement and individual student growth dramatically.
Technology can engage all students, reaching those who are put off by traditional forms of learning. It can give students more control over their education and lead them to be further invested and gain better results overall. As teachers, you know that every student has a different learning curve. Allowing students to follow along with a lecture in an app or online gives them the opportunity to catch up and look back over lessons throughout the course.
No wonder kids are actively asking for more technology-friendly teaching methods. According to a study by Pearson, 69 percent of elementary, middle, and high school students want to use mobile devices in their classes.
But how do you employ technology in your classroom without completely losing control?