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Exploring the Role of Education Technology in Classrooms of the Future

Students who use educational technology can enrich their knowledge base and become self-sufficient learners. They can take a variety of tests and compete with other classmates using different apps like Quizizz.

The app provides answers to questions in a tiled grid display. It is designed for kids ages 2-12 and screens YouTube content, including educational videos.

E-Learning Tools

Everyone is eager for this pandemic to be over so kids can play outside and adults can go back to work. While we wait for this to happen, teachers are still preparing their classrooms and using eLearning tools to make learning as easy as possible during the closure.

Educators value alignment between intended learning outcomes and the technology used to deliver them. E-learning tools that support this alignment are more effective for learners.

Ideally, instructors should look for e-learning tools that are OS and device-agnostic, or at least offer a mobile app for easy access. This ensures that students can easily migrate content and data between tools as needed without the risk of losing valuable information. This is particularly important if the tool requires additional software or browser plug-ins to function.

Interactive Whiteboards

Unlike traditional whiteboards that require dry markers, chalk and erasers, interactive boards eliminate these tools. They also rely on online resources for teaching and provide teachers with the ability to use smart technology in lessons.

Interactive whiteboards encourage students to participate in class discussions and increase their creativity with multimedia presentations. They can even help them improve their test scores by reducing social anxiety and improving creativity.

Some interactive whiteboards come with personal response systems (also known as clickers) that allow students to answer questions posted on the board or take part in surveys and polls. These systems can also be used to administer tests aligned to State standards. They are lightweight, mobile and feature USB-C connectivity to replace clunky cords with a single cable that can be used for video, audio and power.

Educational Apps

Educational apps provide a number of benefits to students and teachers. These benefits include personalized experiences, improved engagement and ease of use anywhere and anytime.

However, these applications may limit much-needed social interaction which is important to a child’s emotional and physical development. In addition, excessive screen time can lead to eye strain and sleep issues.

These apps make it easier for teachers to mark student assignments and term papers. It also helps save on costs associated with textbooks and stationery. Biblionasium Allows educators to view books students have read, create reading challenges, and monitor student progress. Classkick Helps teachers and students post assignments, track student work, and give feedback. ForAllRubrics Lets educators import, create, and score rubrics on their tablet or smartphone. Lino A virtual cork board of sticky notes.

Online Resources

Online educational resources allow students to access, reinforce and expand their learning in a variety of ways. They can be used by teachers to demonstrate the real-world application of teaching theory or by students as a way to gain an alternative learning experience outside the classroom.

Online curriculum resources are also designed with accessibility in mind. They are aligned to benchmarks in D2L Brightspace and work with assistive technologies, so they can be used by a broad range of students.

Supplemental resources can be used proactively or reactively, such as in conjunction with formative assessments. They can help support student understanding and encourage engagement when they need it most. Examples of these include IXL, a math practice platform, Better Explained, which provides short visuals to explain difficult concepts and Khan Academy.

Classroom Software

The cliched bored student gazing out the window and drumming their fingers on their desk is a thing of the past thanks to innovative classroom software. This kind of technology allows teachers to monitor the progress of their students with a single solution that includes features such as chat, virtual whiteboards, and file-sharing capabilities.

This sort of tool also keeps communication between students, parents, and instructors open. It helps teachers recognize each student’s strengths and weaknesses and adjust their approach accordingly. It can even keep track of student attendance patterns, manage transcript data, and provide a seamless platform for assigning and grading assignments. The result is a more effective learning environment that benefits everyone involved. The potential for augmented reality software in the classroom is also being explored by some schools.