Updated: Jan 11
With online learning, schools have come to understand the need for more digital tools and platforms to keep students engaged in their classes. Programs such as language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, and online management system have all had a surge in usage since the closing of schools in mid-March as a result of the pandemic. Their results? Pretty good!
Researchers are finding a clear link between technology, achievement, and motivation. Most agree that students and teachers tend to be more engaged and interested when technology is an integral part of the classroom. A survey commissioned in 2017 by the University of Phoenix found that 63 percent of K-12 teachers were using technology in the classroom daily, with laptops and computers being the most commonly used resource. With the pandemic, educators have made great strides to integrate technology into schools to teach remotely.
Wang Tao, Vice President of Tencent Cloud and Vice President of Tencent Education stated, “I believe that the integration of information technology in education will be further accelerated and that online education will eventually become an integral component of school education.” This is a result of the effectiveness that online learning has had among teens, and university students. Research shows that students retain 25-60% more material when learning online compared to 8-10% in a classroom, due to the fact that students are able to learn material in 40-60% less time than in a traditional physical classroom.
Younger children however require structure and the use of their senses to learn. To them, it’s more difficult to grasp concepts through a screen. This has caused some schools to equip students with VR headsets so that such children can have an to immersive experience in the classroom from home.
The consequences of using such technologies in schools is better performances among students in their academics. According to “Technology in Schools: The Ongoing Challenge of Access, Adequacy and Equity,” the implementation of such digital programs and devices leads to higher test results among students on their exams, since topics can be taught quicker and more efficient in online learning.
The increased use of technology has effected instructors as well. Experts say that “Technology…has a significant effect on the quality of the work experience for classroom teachers …Studies show that when educators use technology, they feel they are able to do their job more effectively.” Therefore, technology creates a more uplifting classroom environment for both faculty and pupils.
Technology is a vital component to the society we live in today. By introducing it into our schools and classrooms, students will be more equipped with better tools and knowledge so that they may excel in their studies.