Almost two years since schools started using remote learning, the number of students using technology has increased significantly. Despite the transition to more in-person learning, the prevalence of technology in schools is still higher than before the pandemic.
In the face of the increasing number of students using technology, how should schools take the necessary steps to improve the use of technology in their learning?
The Benefits of Technology in the Classroom
The increasing number of students and the need for better education are two of our society’s most significant issues. Since various factors, such as test scores and the perceived performance of schools, have affected the country’s education system, it is now more critical than ever that we adopt technology to improve the teaching and learning process.
Parent involvement is one of the most important factors affecting students’ success. Due to the hectic schedules of parents, they often don’t have the time to help their children with their homework or attend class.
Aside from the classroom, education also extends beyond the school day. Through technology, students can access various resources and assignments anytime and anywhere they have an internet connection. Online curricula and exercises can help students keep up with their peers and improve their performance.
Don’t Push Too Hard
A December 2021 survey hosted by the EdWeek Research Center revealed that over two-thirds of school leaders, administrators, and teachers experienced technology fatigue. They noted that they needed time and space to recharge. The main goal is to help students regain their habits of in-person learning.
What does this mean? Schools and educators need to find a balance. New technology should be implemented – but not at a draining pace for teachers. Remember that every new tool is another tool teachers must learn (and potentially teach their students).
Before schools implement new technology, they should ensure that they have a clear goal to help them deliver effective and personalized learning. They should also consider which technology is most beneficial to their students and which is not.