Traditional or Megacorporation Classrooms: The Pitfalls, For and Against
Educators have come a long way to provide kids with the education they need. But is the transition to school day now solely dependent on material being taught? We’re facing a critical time in education when we are learning how to optimize technology to the fullest. And these resources provide an unprecedented opportunity to help all students – regardless of whether they reside in a city, town, rural or suburban environment – learn how to think creatively and solve problems, solve for others, express ideas and engage in authentic dialogue.
The good news is that educators and students are already tapping into these resources to enhance learning and students’ success. When teachers and students combine resources, two key principles become increasingly apparent:
1. When kids find their own resources that help them gain mastery of a concept or practice a skill, learning is maximized and greater opportunity for growth takes place.
2. By combining students’ own resources with technology tools to help them complete the learning goal, technology becomes a powerful tool to help everyone achieve learning success.
Technology has become a powerful tool for students. Innovative teachers create innovative use of technology in the classroom and introduce tech-rich learning programs. They partner with school administrators and suppliers to create and foster educational applications that help teach children and youth about critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, and logic. Teachers and administrators look for experts in K-12 educational technology who are passionate about teaching and can implement appropriate, proven methods to help teachers.
In this age of technology, students are increasingly expressing what they learn through their own words and videos. Educational tools are emerging that create these new ways of bringing students’ own thoughts to life. The result of this focus is not only increased mastery and opportunity for growth, but increased problem-solving and engagement in the classroom. And when educators combine their own personal knowledge and experience with these tools, the possibilities are limitless. This is the goal of today’s integrated technology and learning environment. It empowers students, empowers teachers, and empowers school administrators.
State education standards are shifting to include critical thinking, communication, thinking, and writing skills. These standards require an abundance of content and a requirement to analyze and analyze data and spread the results of research broadly and thoughtfully. These standards have evolved to provide a more skills-driven learning environment and a commitment to increasingly broad and robust student learning experiences.
This focus on skills-based learning enables teachers to integrate technology in the classroom. Teachers are using innovative teaching methodologies to seamlessly integrate technology into their classroom instruction. Students are being provided real-world applications of concepts they have learned that help hone critical thinking, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and learning retention. Students today are using technology in ways that are more interactive, fluid, dynamic, and engaging.
More than ever, we have the opportunity to integrate technology that can help our children develop the skill sets they need to be successful in their lives. That’s why educators, teachers, and school administrators are unlocking the potential of teaching and learning to deliver true student success.