Today’s young people will never understand what it was like when we were kids. After all, present-day elementary, middle school, and high school students weren’t even alive before the dawn of the Internet, and have grown up accustomed to smartphones, touch screens, and on-demand, streaming television, without thinking twice about the fantastic technology students are exposed to each day. Tech is all around them from the moment they wake up until they go to bed each night. The technology that would have blown our minds at their age is as commonplace as a toaster, or a washing machine was to us. The future is now!
Technology has also changed the school experience for children in pre-K through 12th grade. Much of the time spent in the classroom now implements incredible technological advancements designed to optimize the educational experience. From personal-use laptops and tablets to amazing whiteboard cameras such as the Kaptivo Whiteboard Capture System, that allow teachers to share the content of their lessons in real-time to students participating remotely, technology is allowing school-age children access to educational opportunities that weren’t available just one short decade ago.
The continued research on how we learn improves upon by teachers, administrators, and developers of educational materials year after year, and the incorporation of technology has served to advance further the learning process for students who may otherwise have been left behind. By incorporating technology in almost every classroom aspect, teachers can now ensure that every student gets the individualized instruction that he or she needs, rather than having to follow a one-size-fits-all approach that may not work for everybody. The use of educational software and computerized testing can help a teacher better assess each student’s specific needs to customize a learning plan that may gain better results than traditional teaching methods. Additionally, teachers can use technology to automate processes, such as grading and lesson planning, that used to take up a significant portion of their time, leaving them free to interact more frequently with their students on a one-on-one basis. Rather than take the human aspect of the teacher-student experience out of the classroom, technology helps to increase it by giving instructors the time-saving solutions they need to improve the quality of their students’ school day.
As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see it become an even more integral part of the classroom learning experience. The future holds all kinds of exciting possibilities for students and teachers alike, and it is exciting to think about how more and more elements of the educational process will be improved. As new technology is developed, educators will be even more equipped to increase the quality of lessons, enhance comprehension, and ensure students’ grasp of key concepts. The face of education is changing rapidly, thanks to the many advances in classroom technology, and it is only getting better!