Published on April 15th, 2014 | by James Smythe0
Technology in the Classroom
For years, the black board was the main tool used by a teacher to conduct a lesson. However, schools are increasingly adapting to the modern technology now on offer, which is opening up lots of new avenues of learning for students. Technology is also helping teachers to communicate more effectively with parents. Here is some of the best technology in the schools of today.
Getting the Message Home
Traditionally, the time at which a parent would discover how their child was faring at school would be during parents’ evening. This drop in session for parents still serves an important part of face-to-face interaction between parents and teachers; however, gaps between one evening and another are usually several months.
Today, technology is allowing for far more immediate and frequent communication between parents and teachers. One such tool that permits more effective parent to teacher communication is Parent Mail. This online platform features apps and other programmes that give a parent the chance to view correspondence between themselves and their childrens’ school. It also shows details of important school dates and lets parents make secure online payments for any clubs or trips.
Another way in which teachers can communicate to parents is through social media sites, such as Twitter. The microblogging site allows for quick updates to be sent to parents by schools or individual teachers. Twitter also makes it easy for teachers to quickly share best practice methods between each other, as discussed in this article on the Guardian.
Technology in the classroom
The interactive whiteboard is the modern answer to the blackboard, the overhead projector and television all in one. The multifaceted interface can be a very effective tool for teaching, allowing a teacher to quickly switch between mediums as and when they want. As such, the interactive whiteboard helps to keep the collective attention of a class, which can wane if a teacher has to constantly set up separate bits of equipment.
Rather than the pens and paper of old, today the use of tablets and laptops in schools is now growing in popularity. Although the modern equipment may seem costly, the one off payments are actually less expensive than the money needed to continually replenish stocks of writing implements, text books and paper.
Moreover, manufacturers are now developing low cost products designed specifically for use in the classroom. The technology helps to keep students actively involved in the classroom and can be used to connect with an interactive whiteboard.
Teaching computer literacy
As well as incorporating gadgets into the classroom, schools across the UK are teaching students computer literacy, as revealed by the BBC. Computer science is now part of the National Curriculum and classes are taken by experts in the field. As well as the usual lessons on basic computer literacy, such as word processing and spreadsheets, computer science classes focus on the inner workings of a computer and how to code and make programmes.