Digital Education Technology

It is important to note right away that this enormous emphasis on technology use does not mean that the teachers will become less important, quite contrary. Technology is here to be used as a tool by teachers and empower them to deliver lessons in a way that the old analog school, still stuck in the last century, is simply not able right now. Teacher are indispensable as the most powerful motivators that exist to actually get children to learn, using the most modern technology or not.

Examples of using education technology in practice include, for instance, incorporating rich media and online resources as means of accessing knowledge. Even games can be used as education technology, especially adaptive software that is made to be greatly interactive. Classroom assessment tools can enable teachers to immediately spot the gaps in their students’ knowledge and tailor their teaching accordingly. Data analysis and management tools can offer valuable feedback that assists teachers and school leaders in better information management.

Some studies have found that when technology is involved in learning, the students are more engaged in knowledge acquisition. Since technology in the classroom offers specialized learning, struggling students are more likely to catch up with their peers when they can use education technology.

Of course, it is impossible to talk about education technology without at least mentioning e-learning and the MOOC (massive open online courses) revolution. They are giving the students around the world the unprecedented access to the best schools and best teachers available today. At the moment, MOOCs are used in higher education almost exclusively, but in the not too far off future they may be used from kindergarten!

It is hard to stress enough how important is incorporating modern education technology and all it can offer (we’re only just starting to scratch the surface on its possible uses and benefits) in today’s school.

Expenditure on technology in schools is steadily rising every year, and around the world. Mobile technology, such as tablets and laptops are contributing to this rise the most. School leaders obviously firmly believe that investing in education technology is the way of the future.


What Does a Classroom Look Like Today?

Educational technology is consistently improving and is more common in the classroom. Google “21st Century Class Presentation.” You will find schools moving to different neighborhoods. Is this good? Is there a problem with adding interactivity and interesting material to the class?

These questions won’t be answered in this article. This article is going to focus on educational technology. Technology that is consistently demonstrated at conferences for teachers and administrators. This article is intended to educate you on what technology is currently available for schools. We’re also going to stick with the 21st Century Classroom theme.

Document cameras, projectors and computers are becoming common place in the classroom. Document cameras are an incredible piece of technology used in education today. The ability to show a page in a text book or a worksheet up on the board without making a transparency! Many schools still use transparencies and overhead projectors. Overhead projectors limit the freedom to adapt to the class and create real-time learning experiences based on student responses.

Projectors and interactive whiteboards are a must ever since the Internet became available. Multimedia, simulations, videos, maps, research, etc… Projectors allow for whole class learning and engaging discussions that extend from a specific topic or skill. The interactive whiteboard technology allows the teacher to stay in front of the classroom notating and controlling the mouse.

Another important educational technology piece are computers. Computer labs have been common in schools for sometime. The real concern has been actual “computer access” the students have throughout the week. Having enough computers and creating a consistent schedule for the entire school has always been a challenge. An answer to this challenge has been mobile laptop carts. Imagine a large cart with 25 laptops shelved, plugged into outlets within the cart. Only the cart needs an external outlet to power all laptops. This cart is moved from classroom to classroom and students are assigned a computer number. Instead of scheduling computer time to the computer lab, teachers are reserving these laptop carts…bringing the computer lab to them!

Classroom Response Systems or Voting Response Systems or clickers are becoming a common trend as an added piece to their educational technology plan. You will be sure to find more information when you Google “21st Century Classroom Presentation”. These devices allow for true interactivity and engagement within the class as a whole.

The last piece of any educational technology plan is the software. Blogs, wikis, games, curriculum software, reading and math intervention software, etc. are all things students do on the computers. Once hardware is in place, the question is, “What do the students do on the computers?” Educational software is such a broad term, schools constantly are researching software specific to a target group of students: high school credit recovery, homebound students, before/after school programs, supplement content to the school’s curriculum, state test prep software, etc.


Tips for Learning Spanish

Are you looking for some tips for learning Spanish? If so, you should read this article! I’m going to show you three very easy tips that you can put to use now to improve in your new language more quickly and do it with less effort. Here they are!

1. Don’t try to be perfect – It’s very simple – if you don’t talk about astronomy in your native language, don’t learn Spanish astronomy vocabulary. Use the 80/20 principle – 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes or input. Focus on the most important things and don’t try to be perfect – you can’t learn everything.

2. Set short deadlines – Have you ever head about the Parkinson’s Law? It says that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. And it’s really true – if you have a month to do something, it will take you a month. If you have a week to do something, it will take you a week. How to use it while learning Spanish?

Set short deadlines for your mini-goals (like watching Spanish movies and understanding 50% of them) and bigger goals (like fluency). It will help you learn more quickly and in a more focused way.

3. Have fun – It’s a no-brainer, yet so many people believe that learning languages is hard and boring. Do you know what differentiates successful language learners from unsuccessful learners? The first ones have fun while learning. Stay away from boring methods (classes, handbooks etc.) and just immerse yourself and have fun with it.

Spanish is a very easy language if you have the right approach. I believe that these three simple tips can make it even easier – all you need to do is use them. Really, if you don’t use them, you wasted a few minutes of your life reading this article.