Days are gone when students had to note down the lectures of their teachers. Today’s young generation is mostly involved and interested in new technologies like iPods, social networking websites, mobile phones and more. Students of this generation are not interested in writing notes. Today, many schools are integrating technology in the classrooms to make the learning process more effective and entertaining. These new technologies in the classrooms have brought innovations in the education and learning process. Nowadays, education and learning is a fun experience for children. To motivate students by the latest and greatest inventions in computers and digital media, technologies are enhanced in the classrooms. With these new technologies, the classrooms are converted to an interactive world for teachers and students.
Education Technology can be defined as collection of tools that might prove helpful in advancing student learning. In this modern world, the modern tools used in classrooms are not limited to laptop computers, calculators and overhead projectors. The study from human behavior to educational technology comes under Media psychology. The most basic types of technology appreciated by the teachers are projectors, white board, software and computers and other SMART Technologies.
Different Types of Technology Used in the Classroom:
Students get delighted with the white board than the usual uninteresting blackboard. Whiteboard entered the classroom at initial stage. This tool can be used easily with computer and a projector. White board can also be used as a computer screen, which can be viewed by all the children in the classroom. With the help of computer and a projector, it can be featured with sounds, pictures and movable objects. Moreover, the learning as well as teaching lessons turns interesting and easy to understand. So, this turns into Magic Board for children. As well, students can use white boards for PowerPoint presentations. The amazing fact is that teachers can not only project images from a laptop but also draw digitally on that image. Lessons can be stored digitally and improve plain templates into modified learning tools.
Projector is widely applicable technology in the classroom. Lessons can be presented with significant and bright transparencies to grab the attention of the students immediately. By using smart boards, teachers as well as students can interact efficiently and practically. Apart from this, there are many benefits of using projector with computer such as teachers can show short study films, documentaries, PowerPoint presentations and many other related articles to prolong the interest of children in the classroom. This type of technology is useful in chemistry, engineering, psychology, biology and many more streams. The projector is allied to the teacher's laptop to project the screen on the white board in front of the room. The enlarge version of the content can be viewed using projector that conducts the spontaneous conversation between teachers and students. A class of big population can also study without any inconvenience using projector.
Sometimes, students face the communication problems with the teachers. They cannot listen to their teachers properly. Even, in big class students cannot grab what the teachers are saying and this creates uncertainty in studies. To avoid such situations, sound amplifiers are used by the teachers to be clear to the students. It has been found that a clear and audible voice can hold the attention of the students that result in enhanced learning. Therefore, sound amplifiers are widely used in big classrooms. Many schools also use mike system so that students can ask the question sitting on their own desk without shouting.
Computers and educational software
Some of the institutes possess different PCs for different students. It would be a pleasure for the students to escape books and just study on computers. Notes, books, dictionaries and encyclopedias can be accessed on PCs with the help of Internet technology. Even, there is special educational software which encourages superior learning process and can be accessed easily. There is educational software that teaches children using pictures, charts, games, graphs, etc. These techniques increase the interest of students and convert the boring subject to an exhilarating one. Using computers or laptops in classroom help students to explore on their own abilities. Students can relax by storing their work in PC and they don't need to carry folders. Also, Paperless classroom will establish eco-friendly significance. Students can explore their knowledge using their Classroom PCs.
By showing videos, teaching becomes easy for teachers. As we all know that students are fond of watching movies, so videos will inspire them to study interestingly. Variety of subjects like arts, science and history can be taught using so many internet resources. The addition of video lessons in overall lesson plan can be considered as an added enrichment for visual and audible inspiration.
Mimio boards are same as SMARTboards. These boards are helpful to operate computer functions on to it just as done on computer screen. The teachers can even make changes on it by using a special pen that acts like a mouse. Using this technology, teachers can plot graphs, work on different websites as well as other lessons.
This tool can be used to show the live shows related to education or to entertain students by showing documentary films. Television is the best amusing box to which most of the children are fantasized. So, any inventions or discoveries can be explained using this box that will also hold their interest in the subjects.
Importance of Technology
Still, more technologies are stepping into the classrooms. We hope that day by day classrooms will advance the knowledge gain of students along with the development of their brains. Only technologies are not enough, addition of traditional teaching methods will be helpful to engage students more in studies.
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