Benefits Of Using New Technologies In The Learning Process
Why would we ever set back a generation of potential? We have come so far over the years. Why stop now? Technology is like a dose of fertilizer. It fuels our growth and development in the real world. Throughout life there is an abundance of challenges and tribulations. Our children may need help along the way. Help, that we can provide. Technology can not only be their supportive base, but give them access to a collection of tools. From the following policy, I hope to create a better learning environment, that will benefit, the children of the future. Policy 254 includes, but does not limit, the following claims. All grades are allowed to use their personal technology, as well as school provided technology, inside and outside of the classroom. The amount of time and specific classes are unlimited.
Any websites, and or apps, that are seen as distracting or useless to a students education, will be blocked. If this occurs modifications will be made. Some are blind to realize that technology satisfies different types of learners. The three most common kinds of learners are, visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners. Charts, maps, graphs, and diagrams tend to help visual learners process information. One way teachers can explain their lesson for visual learners is by using graphic organizers to teach a lesson. For example, a flow chart created on google sheets might be used to explain a scientific process. Auditory learners learn best when information is heard or spoken. They benefit from lectures, group discussion, and other strategies that involve talking things through.
To help auditory learners, teachers can present videos from youtube to explain lessons. Kinesthetic learners, learn best when they can use tactile experiences and carry out a physical activity to practice applying new information. “People who prefer this mode are connected to reality, ‘either through concrete personal experiences, examples, practice or simulation,’” VARK Learn Limited explains. The advantages of technology are endless. The use of technology in each classroom varies, but its importance per class shines throughout. Some classes, such as photography and media arts wouldn’t even exist without technology. Art is very important to many individuals. It’s therapeutic and allows for someone to express themselves. With the works of photoshop and indesign, students in media arts are able to create unique masterpieces. In photography students are able to take photos with the use of their cameras and or phones. Images help us learn, grab attention, explain tough concepts, and inspire. Additionally in language classes, technology can be incredibly helpful.
Many apps like duolingo, help many people learn new languages with approachable creative animations and techniques. There is an extensive index of vocab that one must learn when first introduced to a new language. It can be frustrating to figure out how to study the loads of vocab. Apps, such as quizlet create new innovative ways to study for vocab. As you study with quizlet, the app will organize vocab you have mastered and repeat ones answered wrong until you master them. For each class communication between parent, teacher, and student is very important. Technology enables an easy way to communicate within a matter of seconds. For instance, if a student is working on an essay and needs to ask their teacher a question they can just quickly email them.
Contrast to my belief, many people argue that the whole existence of technology is atrocious. I’m not here to criticize or abolish opposing views. I’m here to enlighten those who may be confused or distraught over this important issue. Those in the crowd, who don’t understand why someone would oppose the use of technology, let me have your attention as well. Technology can be seen like a world wide virus. Changing our minds, and the way we think. Everytime we choose to open up our eyes, to the bright, intelligent object. We subject ourselves to an inter-changing ability. According to Nicholas Carr, the brain, “has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly, altering the way it functions.” In other words, our brain’s plasticity has the capability to change the way we process things.
Media theorist Marshall McLuhan argues that, “the net seems to be … chipping away… [his] capacity for concentration and contemplation.” Basically Marshall believes that the internet is making us lose concentration and contemplation. For those who are sitting in their seats starting to worry about the negative impact of technology, fear no more. Many companies are providing new technology that battles the technology that is negatively impacting our concentration. As you may know, the most useful sense when it comes to concentration, is vision. Many companies have created glasses that can monitor your eyes that act accordingly to improve your concentration. One pair of glasses have three built-in sensors that will touch your skin when you put them on. The sensors will then measure your brain waves and darken the lenses when you lose concentration and lighten them when you regain focus so that you can re-adjust.
I will order glasses like these such, so the problem will be non-existent within our school. The fact is we need to include technology in our school. Let’s say hypothetically if we were to ban technology. Four years would go by with no technology. But what about after? What if someone wanted to be a doctor? The medical field in our current society is very advanced. This technology could help find cures to deadly diseases. But because, that individuals high school decided to ban technology, that student would be set back from others. They might not even be able to achieve their dream career. The truth is, it just wouldn’t be logical to exclude technology from our school. Without it, we would be stuck floating with no occurrence of change. The world is advancing. We need to make sure were on the same ground as the world around us. Our students have the potential to be great. Let’s not be cruel and deprive them of success.