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As an educator, how many times have you struggled to get your students to put down their electronic devices? Smartphones, tablets and laptops emit this irresistible blue glow that draws their attention away from your lessons.
Of course, technology can also be an educator’s best friend – giving students a glimpse into an interactive world full of possibility. We’re beyond the point of no return. Technology is here to stay and evolving every day. So let’s partner with it, instead of trying in vain to get our students to put down their devices.
Technology in education is the biggest change in teaching we will ever see. For years, policy makers, teachers, parents and students alike have been weighing the potential benefits of technology in education against its risks and consequences. But now the debate is more pressing than ever, as curricula increasingly incorporate technology and professors experiment with new teaching methods. On one hand, technology allows you to experiment in pedagogy, democratize the classroom and better engage students. On the other hand, some argue technology in the classroom can be distracting and even foster cheating.
What Does It Mean To Use Technology In The Classroom?
Students are digital natives. They’ve grown up with technology; it’s woven into their lives. In fact, it’s one of the basic 21st century skills that they’ll need in school and the workplace. But using computer technology in the classroom isn’t just about digital devices in class - it relates to anything that facilitates an interaction between teacher and student.
Classroom engagement is at an all-time low and lecturers are competing against countless diversions from phones, tablets and laptops. Technology in schools could be seen as the culprit, or it could be harnessed to improve student engagement and effectiveness.
Here are some of the ways educational technology improves the classroom experience:
1. Creates a More Engaged Environment
You may think technology is just a distraction, but it can help encourage active participation in your classroom. Using devices like a computer, tablet, interactive touchscreen or other type of technology in your classroom can help turn traditionally dull subjects into interactive and fun activities.
2. Incorporates Different Learning Styles
Each child in your classroom is different, and it can be challenging to adjust your learning plan to fit every student. Fortunately, technology in education can help you modify your lessons.
3. Improves Collaboration
Teachers have observed an increased frequency of students helping each other when they’re using technology in the classroom. Many technology-based tasks involve other aspects, and this leads to situations where students need to seek help from their peers or the teacher. Additionally, when students are assigned to small groups, the students who are more technologically advanced can assist their inexperienced peers.
4. Prepares Children for the Future
According to a CompTIA study, nine out of 10 students indicated that using technology in the classroom would help prepare them for the digital future. By teaching students skills like PowerPoint, you can help set your students up for success. Introducing instructional technology in the classroom at a young age can help prepare students for future digital demands.
5. Connects You With Your Students
Technology can help teachers form a better relationship with their students and their colleagues. For example, 84% of teachers report using the internet at least weekly to find content that will engage students. Integrating technology into your lesson plans as well as using it to expand your own knowledge of subject matter can make a significant difference in the classroom.
Technology will undoubtedly continue to evolve, and it’s important to adjust your classroom style to align with its advancements. Take the risk. Try something new. You never really know how effective a tool or approach will be until you try it. Using technology in your classroom also encourages critical thinking skills. Just dive in.
Turn Learning Into Fun with the CTOUCH Laser Nova Touchscreen
The Laser Nova is a state-of-the-art touchscreen specifically designed for education. We prepare students for the world of tomorrow. A digital touchscreen that combines futureproof interactive technology with the greatest ease of use. For teachers and students alike.
Super easy to use
You don't describe yourself as tech savvy? Not a problem. No worries! The Laser Nova is an extremely user-friendly interactive whiteboard. A dynamic pen lets you write as fast as you're used to and also serves an air-mouse. Not to mention cool pre-installed apps for a smooth teaching experience. Laser Nova is compatible with any tablet, smartphone, and Windows or Mac notebook. So, tell your students to bring their own device!
Top-notch JBL® live stage (virtual) surround sound
The integrated 80 W JBL® speakers deliver Live-stage (virtual) Surround sound. Let your voice do the job with the far-field microphones. They are equipped with advanced sound reduction and echo cancellation technology. This ensures clear voice reproduction and removes unwanted sounds from the microphone signal.
State-of-the-art android technology
With carefully selected apps, you're ready to go as soon as you unpack the box. In addition, you're free to add any other apps you need. Take the MirrorOp app, for instance. With its two-way touch functionality, you can share content from any smartphone, tablet or laptop on the Laser Nova. And the notes you take on the touchscreen? They automatically appear on the smaller screen as well. Sharing is caring!
Information literacy, tech savviness, and the ability to collaborate are crucial 21st century skills. With the Laser Nova, your students will develop these skills in a fun way. No doubt about it! We even dare to claim that our touch screen will make students want to learn!
Max energy efficiency at low cost of ownership
Naturally, we care about the environment. Your students, the bright stars of the future, deserve nothing less. Therefore, we made sure the Laser Nova is energy efficient. With its Energy Star certificate and an A+ energy label, we think we did pretty well! And that’s not all. Our touchscreens cut down on your total cost of ownership. How? Thanks to the low power consumption and over-the-air updates. It’s a win-win situation!
Boost your touch screen experience with accessories
A memorable classroom experience? Teachers and students will thrive as never before. With our optional accessories you enhance screen sharing and stimulate collaboration even more. Don't miss out on the accessories which power up your interactive whiteboard. Engage. Enchant. Educate.
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