Technology in Education: Reality or Utopia?
The relationship of modern children with technology is known and not exceptional, since the parental complaint about technology dominating their children’s lives is commonplace. Contemporary children handle - and learn to handle - with the comfort of every type of technological material. Should such a good child-tech relationship not arise, be improved and exploited by school?
The situation today
Teachers who have the ability and training to make use of these tools are more likely to contribute to the lesson: Children are more interested in the lesson when using the interactive whiteboard. The lesson ceases to be a pedagogical one and, especially when children are called upon to make use of the medium, they participate much more actively in teaching. The technological aspect of it may make teaching foreign languages much more enjoyable. So they pay attention to the lessons that children would not otherwise watch and remember the information they get given.
Evidence shows that technology in schools penetrates at a disproportionate pace than that of life outside of them. In fact, it is the schools of major cities and not of the province that have a stronger need for more technological material.
How technology is used in lessons
Students in their bags have a few notebooks, their case, and a form for the gym, an IPad and the necessary books. The books and aids are digitized on the tablets of the children by the trained technicians of the school, along with additional training materials and exercises. Students have and use stationery, but the basis on which the lessons are made is the teacher’s digital material combined with the enriched school books.
At the same time, parents are offered seminars to be fully informed and trained. It is obvious that the children are learning more quickly than their parents to handle on new tablets. Within such a framework of school-pupil-family cooperation, the school is transformed into a creative, pleasant and efficient space, not only with the help of technology but also thanks to the change of the educational methodology.
What it offers
The lesson is really interesting and the students look happy. Think about this: there are images in your well-known books. In interactive books with iBooks Author, children scrolling over the photo of Universal Robots, the only photo in the printed book, will see three-dimensional images, photos from different perspectives, even short, subtitled videos of the History Channel that shows exactly how they were traveling. Kids with a tap can see author biographies, interactive maps, and timetables in each history lesson.
In the classroom of these schools, instead of symbols written with chalks, there are videos, three-dimensional images and colorful maps - echoing students. At the same time, iPads allow faster speeds in resolving exercises than in handwriting - a point of interest and useful for children in the last grades of the Lyceum.
The educational process becomes more interesting, the teacher ceases to be the focus and the children more participatory.
Most parents face the intrusion of technology into schools somewhat phobic. He will spoil his eyes / he will not learn to write / will distract himself / will come into the internet and he will be angry and frustrated. Wherever there is a will, joy and training there are no dead ends. The internet is locked for the young and over-safe for older students, writing is not abolished and, really, will one child gain most attention from modern technological means?
At the dawn of the 21st century, technology that already dominates our social life can and should give further opportunities to schools, teachers and children. Some enlightened teachers chase opportunities and struggle daily to put technology into school life. Elsewhere, things get easier. In any case, it may well be worth parents and teachers giving it a go.