Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, an internationally recognized education leader and author known for her work in curriculum mapping, once wrote: “Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event.”
At American University Preparatory School, our teachers work to do just that — technology infiltrates every aspect of the learning process in each classroom, whether that’s math, science, English, social sciences, visual arts or world languages. Our teachers know that technology helps to enhance student learning and sets them up for success after graduation.
What Does the Integration of Technology in A Learning Environment Involve?
The specific answers to this vary from classroom to classroom and teacher to teacher, but in general, the role of technology in the classroom involves using websites, apps, and televisions to help enhance student learning.
Teachers integrate technology into lesson plans and units at their own discretion and use it as a learning tool to help students better understand concepts and lessons.
Why Is Technology in Education Important?
For students who tend to be visual learners or learn more effectively using hands-on techniques, technology is important to help their classroom performance. Using electronic technology in the classroom has many other benefits for students and teachers.
Technology Makes Learning Fun
In today’s digital world, students communicate with each other via texts, emails, and social media — so bringing technology into the classroom makes learning more accessible and fun since students are using familiar equipment, including laptops and tablets. Subjects or concepts that may be hard for them to understand become more fun and enjoyable through watching educational YouTube videos, apps like Kahoot!, or through virtual lessons using a SmartBoard, tablet or other classroom tools.
Technology Prepares Students for Future Success
Skills that students develop using technology help them achieve their goals and success in life after graduation — whether that means attending college or entering the workforce. Digital skills are needed for many jobs and are a requirement for many college courses. Students must be able to type papers and create digital presentations, among other things, as part of completing academic coursework and homework assignments.
Technology Helps Students Retain Information
The U.S. Department of Education notes that electronic devices in the classroom can be “integral to achieving significant improvements in productivity” and helps accelerate learning. In addition, hands-on learning experiences, which include the use of technology, ensure students retain more information. This has been examined in countless studies, including one from the University of Chicago that found learning by doing in science classes helps students perform better.
Technology Helps Kids Learn at Their Own Pace
Some students learn faster than others — this is a fundamental concept that educators understand. Technology can help students who need a bit more time understanding lessons and can help advance the thinking of students who are ready to move on to more advanced concepts. Many educational apps, for example, provide individualized instruction so students can learn according to their own abilities and needs. Visual learners may be more likely to remember an interactive presentation from their teacher rather than listening to a lecture without supportive visuals.
At American University Preparatory School, our teachers work hard to integrate technology in the classroom. To request information about our programs at AUP Schools, fill out our online request form or visit our AUP Schools website.