Kids bending over textbooks to find answers for a homework or research paper, or browsing pages of a science magazine to see more pictures and read stories about plants, animals and the Earth is a sight for sore eyes for parents. But such a scenario is not often seen anymore.
Indeed, technology has revolutionized education. It lets today’s generation Z, or children born in the decade of smartphones and gadgets, find and share information with just a tap or a slide on their phone or tablet.
However, despite the fact that technology is entwined in almost every aspect of our life — the way we work, we play and do business — the IOT (internet of things) has become an increasing requirement across industries. Even though it is becoming a more significant tool in acquiring knowledge and skills for students, some parents are still quite apprehensive about the idea of using technology in the classroom because of the reported harmful effects of online media on children.
But parents need to take a closer look at how technology in the classroom is implemented and what its benefits are for children’s education.
In fact, studies showed that 75% of educators believe that technology in the classroom is making a positive impact on the education process, and that developing technical skills in students will get them more prepared to enter the workforce after school.
Other studies also found that technology in the classroom has made learning more fun, like the first day your child learn how to ride a bike. Subjects that your kids find quite boring can become interesting with virtual lessons, and with the use of laptops and tablets to research for information or drafting formulas.
Also, technology in the classroom improves retention rate in students. Students remember more facts about a lesson when the information is provided through digital presentations. Also, students stay more engaged, as they are able to access the latest updates quicker and faster than before, giving them a different, leveled-up learning experience.
The digital future is here. People — especially students — acquire knowledge and skills by just clicking DIY videos or how-to content from a website. Technology has revolutionized the way people perceive education, and this is what parents should realize — that education is not at all about memorizing, copying and vocabulary but having the 21st century skills to collaborate data and ideas to solve complex subjects and become ready for the future.
Technology also offers an incredible amount of opportunities, not just for students but as well as professionals and even stay-at-home moms through online education. Furthermore, technology has paved the way for the easy transition from school to work. The employment process has become digital as applicants are able to apply for jobs online via a job agency or a company website, and even go through the hiring process through the same medium.
Let your child explore and acquire the benefits of technology in the classroom to get them prepared for the future, while balancing the process by protecting them from the harm of social media through books, board games, outdoor activities and family time.