Technology is by far becoming the newest way to educate our students in the classroom today. The use of technology is continuing to break through the barriers of traditional learning styles creating a whole new perspective of learning. There are so many ways to incorporate technology in the classroom such as power point presentations, smart boards, online blogging, websites, DVD’s and digital imaging. According to J. Bass, T. Contant and A. Carin (2009) “In the classroom the computer offers the teacher more flexibility in presentations, better management in instructional techniques and easy record keeping. It offers students a very important resource for learning concepts and processes” for a vast variety of subjects.
Technology today, is the next best thing for education. Now, teachers can go on websites, and can Google pretty much any subject area at the tip of their fingers. Years ago, students would have to take a trip to the library, and spend hours on researching information for their assignments, where as now, they can find that information within seconds from their classroom computer.
The use of technology in the classroom can also improve one’s literacy skills. According to J. Lam “Currently, there are at least twenty-five million illiterate people in this country and this number is increasing rapidly. By 2050 the African-American and Hispanic population will increase from 20 – 40%.” The use of technology is set to enhance literacy in students, and allows them to use technology to improve their academic achievements in reading. There are so many articles, and online books that students have access too, and many of them provide “read-alongs”, meaning they have “virtual narrators” to read for you while you follow the words. Many of these articles and online books are “child friendly” and may also include web slides, videos, pictures, and blogging etc., making reading more pleasurable for the child.
J. Lam also states in his article, “Often, students are too confused or embarrassed to ask questions because they don’t want to show their ignorance. With individualized computer instruction, students can always immediately request help if something is unclear.” Computer instruction gives the students independence, and allows them to research anything possible, on any given topic or activity, making learning fun and exciting for the students, while at the same time, making it a lot easier for teachers to dictate classroom instruction.
In today’s society, the next best thing to the way of our future is through technology and computers. Computers are the way to our future, and pretty soon everything will be run through computers, possibly even teachers. Some colleges today have online classrooms where they do not even need to see their teacher, which can be viewed in either a positive and/or a negative aspect. Therefore, technology has and will continue to have a great impact on the educational advancement in our New York City public schools.