The Broad Reach of Technology – Tailored to Enhance Education
Computers of the past were first sold commercially in 1951. It would be 26 years later before they were available for home use. From that day until now, computers and the technology they offer have enhanced educational objectives. Today virtually every home has a pc, laptop or mobile device that is connected to the internet.
These tools are instrumental when it comes to teaching children concepts and to collaborate with in-school instruction. It doesn’t matter whether you are a teacher in a traditional school setting or a homeschool educator. You can use technology in every step of the instruction process because the accessibility is available as a resource. The internet has broadened the reach of technology and tailored it to benefit students and education, overall.
Internet Access via Computers
The average home these days has at least one pc that has internet access. This was once viewed as a tool to assist students with their homework. Today, these computers are a part of the learning process. Educational videos about countries around the world, nature settings and chemical compounds are not just for the classroom. They are available on the internet and can transform any room into a classroom.
Mobile Devices and Laptops
According to The Journal.com, in 2013 89% of high school students owned smartphones that were connected to the internet. Younger children, between grades 3 and 5 had access to the same devices. This shows the impact of technology in our everyday lives. It is useful when it comes to teaching subjects like Math, Science and History. These devices and laptops help students to not only learn but to participate no matter where they are.
Classroom Software Products
Classroom software is just a title to define these educational products. They can be used on any computer, anywhere. These products are available from pre-school through high school. Topics such as, drawing graphs, color spectrums and space travel are just a few that are taught with this software. Every subject is accommodated. The interactive component to this software connects with students. They are encouraged to be a part of the learning process and not simply there to get answers.
Games have played a role in education since the very beginning. Now the games that are being developed for education are complex. They work to achieve multiple goals at the same time. Eye and hand coordination is practiced, while students learn to solve Math problems. Games designed to teach mapping skills also teach historical facts. These resources are fun for every age group to use, whether in the classroom or at home.
There are good and bad aspects to utilizing the internet. Just as in everything involving education, instructors have to accentuate the positive. Technology allows students to learn in non-traditional ways, which is a benefit. This is a resource that can help students who learn in different ways and through different means. It is also a resource that assists instructors to enhance their curriculum objectives.
For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.