How Technology Enhances Teaching

Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The past decade has been phenomenal for education as technology coupled with easy access to the internet is changing the conventional ways of teaching and learning. The learning environment is shifting to online classrooms and personalized learning where the student can customize their ways of learning in an individual manner. Students have become tech savvy-as  a result teachers have become facilitators rather than mere orators or guides. Technology is enabling functional improvement allowing significant redesign of tasks and new ways of learning. The ways in which technologies are helping teachers to their duty better are

1. Increased student engagement: Engaging the students is one of the biggest challenges for the educators. Incorporating new tools and gadgets will allow teachers to deliver the lessons in a more appealing way allowing the students to take a more proactive role in the learning process and become active information seeker.

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2. Personalizes learning: Technology enables the opportunity for focusing on individual student instead of the engaging curriculum at the same speed regardless of each student's capacity, background and engagement with the topic. It also allows the teacher to follow each student individually and redesign lessons in a way that can help them comprehend. The personalization tools can be online courses, video, interactive materials to track the performance of each student. The use of computers, mobile devices or other electronic gadgets can be used to do certain exercises which adapt according to the need of individual students.

3. Reduction of repetitive tasks: Evaluating student's exercise and performance is often a demanding task which consumes a lot of time. But technology tools allow teachers to create their own standardized tests, and tools that will automatically upload the results to a database which makes it easy to verify each student's performance to suggest improvement. The use of social media platforms can help educators establish a direct line of communication reaching the entire student community in a single step rather than having one on one conversation with each student.

4. Increased reach: Incorporation of new tools allows wider reach with reduced workloads. For instance a prerecorded or a remote lesson can be can engage very different learning environments at a time.

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