Powerful Ways Technology is Influencing Classrooms

“Technology is not a silver bullet. It’s only as good as the teachers…using it as one more tool to help inspire, and teach, and work through problems.” -President Barack Obama                  

Every day our lives are infused with technology, making it difficult for younger generations to envision life without computers, smartphones, and tablets. A wealth of knowledge is available to us with a simple click of a button, connecting us with information from around the world within seconds. Technology is a powerful tool and can serve as an educational platform for children. So, what are the benefits of raising children in a tech-centered environment?

Technology enhances learning for children

Children can adapt to technology with minimal effort because they are learning in blended-learning environments. Learning through technology is sweeping across the country and as students learn, they become more digitally literate. That’s why Michigan has created the Core Curriculum Content Standard for educators, to make sure that students are equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Studies show classrooms that mix technology into the educational experience are transforming teaching and learning. Teachers are using technology as a tool to help students with different learning styles and students are becoming more creative because learning is more enjoyable.

Technology combines classroom activity with digital learning tools, such as computers and handheld devices and also helps accelerate the learning process by:

  • Expanding course offerings
  • Offering different learning experiences and learning materials
  • Making learning support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Building 21st century skills
  • Increasing student engagement and motivation

Recently, ConnectEd, an initiative to incorporate technology into schools, has allowed classrooms to have access to Wi-Fi, tablets and computers. This initiative equips teachers with the best technology to make their lesson plans personalized for each student.

To learn more about how technology is influencing education, check out these sites:

How do you feel about children learning through technology? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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Photo credit: Children’s learning center technology

This blog post is part of #MIKidsCan, an initiative created by Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan to promote positive change in the health and well-being of Michigan youth. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/mikidscan 

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