Teachers’ Roles When Using Technology in the Classroom (Part 3)

Technology is the best tool for educational purposes. Teachers have been improving students’ learning through technology utilization. Based off of my experiences, the way students can learn effectively also relies on the teacher. Currently, I am enrolled in a hybrid class, which combines the use of technology and face-to-face learning.We use Eli Review to improve our writing by proofreading peers’ essays and providing feedback on what needs to be worked on. Eli Review has helped many of my peers improve their writing due to the feedback they received.

What Roles  Do Teachers Have  While Using Technology?

On the website, “Using Technology to Enhance Teaching & Learning,”different ways on how technology advances students’ academic progress are explained. One method listed is the “Classroom Response  Systems (clickers).” The description states that “[o]ne way to encourage student engagement is by using electronic devices that allow students to record their answers to multiple choice questions and allow you to instantly display the results. The anonymity encourages participation, and their answers help the teacher know when further discussion is needed.  Use of clickers can also serve as a catalyst for discussion.” Educators can track students’ improvement through this method.

Students show changes in academics when using technology as their learning tool. In my second post, Web 4 Kids, I posted about the article, “Thailand Testing out Educational Websites,”and discussed the numerous ways students have been improving due to technological use in and out of the classroom. In the section, “Development of Using Media,” I explain technology’s affect on students in classrooms: “[t]he use os media can help teachers by providing their students with enjoyable practices and help broaden their knowledge from the textbooks.” I agree with the article declaring that,” [i]t will also help satisfy students with what they are learning and help them to understand the lessons better” (Klentien, et al. 585). I referenced the article, “Using Electronic Media in English Teaching for Elementary and Secondary Students in Thailand” to emphasize one of the case studies that  proves technology does in fact help students in classrooms.

In my third post, I reference Anant Agarwal’s TedTalks because he represents, “Why Massive Open Online Courses (still) Matter”and explains how blended learning in the classroom and at home makes a difference in students’ learning.  What is blended learning? Blended Learning is when teachers use both traditional face-to-face instruction and new technology to teach.Ever since the blended learning pilot began, the rates of students retaking a course dropped from 41% to 9%. The main reason why the rates dropped dramatically is provided by the media: blended learning has lectures and exercises that help reinforce the lessons learned. Agarwal quotes Craik and Lockhart that, “[l]earning and retention is related to depth of mental processing.” The study demonstrates that if students repeatedly practice course material, they are more likely to retain the information. If educators want to improve students’ learning, they must consider using blended learning because it prevents students from retaking classes, and increases motivation.

 

How Can Teachers Improve their Classroom Performance?

Teachers can improve students’ learning by beginning a lesson with technology. In my fourth post, “Articles/Books about New Technology in Classrooms” I listed a book titled, “Teaching Math, Science, and Technology in Schools Today: Guidelines for Engaging Both Eager and Reluctant Learners,” which explains how technology can end negative attitudes towards certain subjects.For example, if students dislike a course, they will be less likely to pay attention to the instructor. However, if the students enjoy the subject, they are more likely to pay attention and to retain more information.

 

This is the third part of this series. For the last part, click here.

Work Cited:

Agarwal, Anant. “Why massively open online courses (still) matter”. Ted Talk. January 27, 2014.

Klentien, Unchana, and Weeranan Kamnungwut. “The Impact of Using Electronic Media in English Teaching for Elementary and Secondary Students in Thailand.” International Journal of Information and Education Technology, 1 Aug. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

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