Before using education with technology, everything was very different. I'm telling you because I know it very well: I was there. And you know what? The funniest thing that could happen to you was having a ten-color pen. Who could have had a digital Pokémon escape room to learn English! (By the way, the Pokémon escape exists: I'll show you that in a moment).
Since the advent of the Internet, the world of education has undergone a very profound transformation. Education with technology is now part of schools and universities at all stages and help to improve the teaching-learning process in different ways.
According to the latest Blink Learning study on the use of education with technology, more than 65% of teachers say the use of technology motivates students.
The use of new technologies reaches all schools and universities. It is not only used in the classroom, but also in administration, in common areas... even in the cafeteria! Education with Technology solutions help improve the day-to-day functioning of the school in different ways. Let's see some of them.
Although it is much more, teaching is, in essence, a form of communication. The Internet has led to the emergence of new communication channels with which the possibilities for dissemination and access to educational content are multiplied. All of these channels and virtual spaces act as facilitators of learning.
Thanks to digital tools, it is possible to process and transmit any volume of information whatever it is, immediately, efficiently and easily.
Technology facilitates communication from the entire community involved in teaching: the school or university team, teachers, families or the students themselves.
In the virtual world, it is possible to create working environments and educational communities to share experiences and good practices that improve student progress.
The facility that exists today for communication makes it possible to follow the trends of education with technology progress.
Teaching materials and digital tools help make the teaching-learning process more motivating and improve the classroom climate. In addition, they allow each school or university greater flexibility and personalization of content according to the needs of each pupil or student.
We will clarify some of the benefits of using education with technology in the classroom from the point of view of the students.
Through the use of education with technology in the classroom, students:
The phrase 'digital native' seems to suggest that date of birth determines technological prowess, when in fact it doesn't. Just because they use a cell phone or surf the Internet for hours on end does not mean that they know how to use them properly, nor that they know their potential, let alone that they are aware of their dangers. The digital world is a new reality, a new space that the educational field must contemplate.
Teachers have the opportunity to support and guide students in their first digital steps to instill criteria, develop critical skills and generally teach how to make good use of the online world.
Today's generation prefers to experiment, explore and discover knowledge. Learning by doing is one of the most innovative and effective teaching approaches.
For example, thanks to education with technology, it is possible to create interactive content. These types of resources are much more effective at capturing the attention and engaging students. The interactivity increases their participation and helps to fix the concepts.
Education with technology is a learning facilitator. And even more so in the current moment where it offers us virtual environments and gives us all the flexibility necessary so that each student can use digital content when and how they want, adapting to their personal way of learning.
Digital content creation platforms provide the ability to personalize teaching and learning, creating unique experiences that allow students to learn at their own pace. Thus, for example, the so-called learning landscapes emerge, a didactic tool that combines different methodologies and makes it possible to offer different routes to each student.
Using computers and other devices with digital tools allows students to take a much more proactive role and be at the center of the process. The teacher becomes an advisor or guide in this process and the effectiveness of learning is improved.
Digital tools facilitate the application of classroom strategies such as gamification or methodologies such as the flipped classroom that maximize learning. Education with technology helps us make teaching more motivating and meaningful by increasing the passion for learning. When our brain is having fun, it assimilates concepts better. In addition, creating a relaxed atmosphere increases interest and reduces stress in the classroom, thereby promoting learning.
Digital tools help us develop skills in students that will be necessary for their professional performance such as problem solving, creating thought structures and understanding processes. They are also preparing for an increasingly uncertain and changing future in which education with technology will occupy a fundamental place.