Look around the next time you’re at the grocery store, the doctor’s office, or even a stoplight. Chances are you’ll see people with their eyes glued to their phones (or iPads, or smartwatches).
The influx of portable technology has become a major part of everyday life: 42% of children between the ages of 0 and 8 already own their own mobile device.
Technology has also fundamentally altered traditional lesson plans. Teachers across the country are using technology in the classroom to increase student engagement. Therefore, harnessing the power of portable electronics is necessary to make education more relevant and relatable to today’s youth.
Making Learning Fun and Relatable
Technology is how people of all ages expose themselves to entertainment, and informative content. Therefore, the ability to connect education to a smart device (a device kids associate with games, videos and entertainment) can reshape the way students think about school. When learning is fun and engaging, it opens the door for students to process educational information in a more effective way.
Catering to Different Learning Styles at Once
Teaching solely from a textbook neglects those students who have learning styles different from traditional reading or writing methodologies. Give your students the opportunity to experience education in a way that’s catered to them. Break down your lesson plans to account for visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic learners equally. Allow them to take notes on paper, a laptop, or tablet. Send students home with visuals of the day’s lesson, or even an electronic recording (even a podcast you make!) to enhance their education.
Creating an Efficient Classroom
The internet equips teachers with instant access to a world of information. Once a reliable lesson has been identified, it can be bookmarked or saved as a tab, and can be to be accessed at any time.
Smart devices allow teachers to flow through their lessons with precision, and enable teachers to quickly pivot if a question comes up or further explanation is required. There are no more forgotten lesson plans, waiting for problem worksheets to print, or dirty chalkboards to wipe clean.
Varied Mediums Can Keep Class Interesting
Keeping a classroom of children focused for an hour, day, and year is a struggle. Keep your students inspired and motivated by mixing up the way you present your lessons. Utilize the different technology you have available to create varied lessons to keep your students looking forward to what each class will bring.
Technology and the Evolution of Textbooks
Although schools and publishers are still decades away from eliminating traditional paper textbooks, technology is already evolving the way textbooks are used. Digital textbooks and tablets are the perfect vehicles for education, as they can be seamlessly edited and updated with more-contemporary content and information – which often includes videos and interactive exercises.
But educators should still empower their students by updating lessons as needed, and should encourage their administrators to regularly alter their curriculums with more modern ideas and findings.
With digital lesson plans and notes, students can access information at home or at the local library. This deemphasizes head-down note taking and encourages more eyes-up engagement in what is being taught during class.
Prepare a digital lesson plan, as well as visuals, to send home with your students to keep them connected to their education at all times.