A few years ago the Internet was a limited resource reserved for the elite few with access and the computer technology. It wasn’t until recent advancement in computer technology have educators been able to consider using iPad or a classroom response system as a part of the classroom educational model. There are now many ways to integrate computer technology into your classroom.
Here are reasons why you may consider technology updates:
- Research opportunities
- Class Projects
- Community/Website Building
- Online Assessment
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Once you have a reason to use the technology, you have to develop a plan to constructively implement Internet usage. First, consider the cost and availability of the computer technology. If students are expected to share, how will this change lesson plans? There also needs to be knowledge and time objection. Most educators already have an overwhelming amount of material to cover for a student curriculum, but the Internet can be a supplement to this education, if used wisely.
Obviously some parents may voice concern about content available online, such as language, pornography, and subversive information, but most computer-based technology has parental control capabilities to block certain sites.
Integrating Internet technology into the classroom is more than just allowing student’s access to the Internet, it’s an opportunity to deepen and enhance the learning process by equipping students with the technology necessary to function in an unfiltered world. Also, with technology tools and a project-learning approach, students are more likely to be engaged by the content, which will reduce behavioral issues within a classroom.
While students will benefit from the inclusion of Internet technology within the classroom, it will also benefit administration and educators with an interest in different teaching styles for different types of learners, and will help teachers assess student understanding. As technology assumes a large role in daily lives and the classroom, there will be a different level of accessibility to education and an enhancement of the student-teacher relationship.