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9 Reasons You Should Be Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom

If you're a teacher or future teacher, there is no doubt you have heard the debate about having technology in the classroom. Read on to find out why you should be integrating technology into your classroom. You can't argue with reason #1.

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9. Our World is Increasingly Technological

According to the Kurzweil Blog Team (2015) in their article, "5 Positive Effects Technology Has on Teaching and Learning," 58% of adults have smartphones and 42% of adults own tablets. As technology is used more in our daily lives, it will be used more in the workplace. Prepare your students for their futures by introducing them to technology in a safe, educational setting now.

8. Success in College is Dependent On Technology Usage

In a study done by Bethany Black and Dr. Marie Lassman (2016), as detailed in their article "Use of Technology in College and University English

Classrooms," evidence showed that technological proficiency is expected in college and more often than not, student success is actually dependent on it. Today, institutions of higher learning rely heavily on technology. Why not benefit your students in the long-run by already introducing educational technology into your K-12 classrooms?

7. Technology Supplements Skilled and Qualified Teachers

Teachers are called on by Patricia Deubel (2007) in her article "The Great Debate: Effectiveness of Technology in Education" to integrate technology into their classrooms so that technology can be supportive of their curricula and assessments. This support, when combined with the expertise of skilled and qualified teachers, results in increased problem solving, critical thinking, and continued learning in students.

6. Technology is a Partner

Most teachers would agree that they could use an extra hand in the classroom in order to accommodate each student individually. What if an extra screen, rather than a hand, could provide this for you? Michelle Salcedo (2016), in her article "Technology as a Teaching Partner in the Early Childhood Classroom," points out that teachers and technology should be partnering to provide individualized instruction for each student, which leads to engaging and appropriate learning experiences, especially in the context of early childhood. The Kurzweil Blog Team (2015) confirms this by saying technology is useful when it serves as a teaching tool to reinforce and expand content.

5. Supplemental Technology Reinforces Interpersonal Interactions

Technology does have the potential to overpower senses and the benefits of face-to-face interactions. However, when you demonstrate proper technology usage and practices in the classroom, your students will understand that technology is a helpful tool, and not all-important. You can do this by using technology in addition to play based learning. According to Dr. Tali Shenfield (2015) in her article "How Screen Time Affects Your Child," when used by itself, technology can lead to attention and learning problems, as children will learn to expect instant gratification and will adapt to the “real time” of technology. However, you can bridge this gap by incorporating screen time into facetime between students. Teach your students to be well-balanced by helping to strike a challenging balance between the benefits of the technological and the necessities of interpersonal connections and relationships.

4. To Be a Pioneer

Just as the United States is, other countries are hesitant about using technology in classrooms as well. As Jordan Shapiro (2015) points out on page 3 of his article, "Technology In Classrooms Around The World," East Asian educators are particularly reserved about using technology in their classroom. However, one difference between the United States and some countries overseas is that the U.S. has done extensive research and field work with educational technology. If we can consistently prove that technology is beneficial in an educational setting, we can convince other countries to use educational technology as well, which would benefit the education and development of children worldwide.

3. To Make Your Students Comfortable

According to researcher Susan Edwards (2016) in her article "New concepts of play and the problem of technology, digital media and popular-culture integration with play-based learning in early childhood education," children’s virtual and analogue worlds are connected in their brains, as well as their daily lives. In schools, teachers aim to make learning and experiences applicable to everyday life. So, why not make students more comfortable in school in this arena as well? When technology is incorporated into the classroom, so is a child’s virtual world - what plays out in their imaginations, as well as what they have seen before in digital form. A typical classroom setting, especially one involving play based learning, is inherently analogue. Therefore, educational technology translates to the analogue and the virtual in one space.

2. For the Research-Proven Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

Catherine D. Lyons and Claire T. Tredwell (2015) in their article "Steps to Implementing Technology in Inclusive Early Childhood Programs" discovered that when technology is integrated into classrooms, children experience “better language and literacy outcomes,” “increased math concepts with adult support,” and “gains in vocabulary and phonological awareness while using iPod Touch devices” (p. 153). These proven benefits speak for themselves and are something all teachers would like to see in their students.

1. You Want What’s Best for your Students

There is something all teachers want for their students: to give them what’s best and to see them flourish in all areas of their lives. However, teachers can only control what happens within the classroom. One thing teachers can control is the use of technology in the classroom, which will lead to numerous benefits for the students. Most teachers are willing to try anything once if it is to benefit their students. At the end of the day, it’s all for the students. Try this research-proven method and integrate supplemental technology in your classroom.

About the Author

Annika is an undergrad Early Childhood Education major at Wright State University. She enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and playing with her Maltese puppies in her free time.

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