5 Benefits of Educational Technology

Technology is always changing and adapting, and there always seems to be some new computer or fun website to check out. It’s inevitable—after all, we live in the digital age! Tech has infiltrated nearly every corner of our society, including the classroom. While there are some disadvantages of technology in education (like potential risks of isolation, inequitable access to technology, or easier ways to cheat), the positives outweigh the negatives by far. Before we examine the benefits of technology integration in education, let’s first look at what it actually is.

What Are Educational Technologies?

Educational technologies are any technology tool that is used to facilitate learning. With the rise of the internet, educational applications for technology have proliferated. From physical tools like computers and SMARTboards to digital tools like word processing programs or cloud-based software, there are an increasing number of technologies available. A few examples of educational technologies include: 

  • Learning management systems (LMS) like Moodle enable teachers to build a personalized learning environment for their students. Teachers can create courses, assign work to students, track their progress, and more. 
  • Cloud-based software and websites like Google Drive make sharing files and collaborating with other teachers and students easy. Websites like Edpuzzle allow teachers to create and share videos easily or link YouTube content with their study guides and questions about the videos so that students can engage with what they are watching.
  • Tech tools like tablets allow students to read digital textbooks rather than carrying a heavy backpack full of books. Encrypted flash drives give teachers and students the ability to protect their documents.

The possibilities are endless, especially with creative educators who use these technologies to create innovative learning experiences.

 

What Are 5 Benefits of Educational Technology?

There are too many advantages of technology in education to list, so we selected five of the top benefits for this short guide. Incorporating technology into the classroom is often looked at from the students' perspectives, but these tools can also greatly benefit teachers. The top five are:

1. Increased Accessibility and Inclusion

Educational technology can provide accessibility by connecting students to the vast array of information available online. Using internet tools like YouTube, RSS feeds, forums, and more, teachers can help students discover and explore topics that interest them and connect current events to what they are learning in the classroom. 

Technology is also highly adaptive and can be tailored to students' individual learning styles and pace. Accessibility features like automatic closed captioning and immersive screen readers help to erase the inequity that disabled students experience.

2. Better Collaboration and Communication

While collaboration and communication are essential skills for students in classroom settings, they are ultimately the most important for their after-graduation life: entering the workforce. Technology can facilitate collaborative learning, making it easy for students to work together on group projects. 

Another example of innovative educational technology is Flipgrid. This website and app gives teachers a space to facilitate video discussions. The educator can organize their students into groups and assign discussion topics. This space is an interactive message board where teachers ask questions and students post video responses. Flipgrid creates a discussion between students rather than a one-sided conversation between teacher and student. 

3. Preparation for the Future

Speaking of entering the workforce, the fact is that technology isn’t going anywhere. When students aren’t engaging with tech, they’re missing out on skills they will need in the future. Strong technical skills are vital for success in whatever career they may pursue. Incorporating technology into the classroom helps prepare students and gives them the proper mindset to learn new technology skills as the world advances. 

4. Engaged Learners

According to the 2021/22 State of Technology in Education report, 77% of educators say that technology is a highly effective way to engage students. Gamification of learning is one way that technology shines. For example, the Minecraft Education Edition teaches students how to code and build math skills. Technology can create fun and engaging learning environments that students enjoy and seek out. 

5. Efficient and Effective Teachers

The State of Technology Report also found that 76% of educators believe technology helps them do their job better. Educational technology tools can help teachers in many areas, from streamlining class management to communicating with students and parents to even automating tasks like grading or checking for plagiarism. Technology can empower and enable teachers, helping them become more efficient and effective.

XR Technologies: Your Tech Education Partner

At XR Technologies, our team of researchers, educators, and entrepreneurs is passionate about incorporating technology into the classroom. We work tirelessly to harness the power of technology to address foundational and systemic problems in education, bringing XR Mathematics to help schools that need assistance with their math department. Contact us today to learn more about what we offer and start your journey to incorporating technology into your math department!

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