In the past decade, computer technology has taken the world of education by storm. This technology has influenced every aspect of modern American education, including K-12 learning. According to a survey conducted by the University of Phoenix, over 63 percent of K-12 teachers and students use digital technology for teaching and learning daily.
Online learning and digital technology methods work on the following tools:
- Google Classroom
- Cloud Computing
- Educational videos
- Multimedia slides
- Game-based learning
- Combining physical and virtual worlds
- Audio learning
- Interacting on digital devices
While the names of computer programs and mobile applications may change, there are some foundational ways that digital technology and education have changed forever. Take a look:
Today, electronic academic databases offer all the required information a student needs to write a term paper or research an assignment without excessive manpower needed. The information is easily shared in such online learning technology; in addition, the students of K-12 can access information in different ways that were unheard of when their seniors or parents were in school. The method of gathering information has changed today but the need to vet that data still persists-possibly even more so. It becomes a task for students with so much information and sorting through it that suits their requirements.
Tip: Educators need to teach or assist students on how to use digital learning methods and research so that they are receiving the most accurate information required. Along with this, students must also need to have a grasp of traditional research methods that involves physically reading and searching for the right material from a library shelf, in case digital sources do not give the requisite information.
Students can now work together on larger projects and basic assignments without having to meet after school specifically for such tasks. Online learning applications like the cloud and emails make it simple for students to remotely collaborate. Information gathered by the students can be instantly saved to a particular shared location and can be accessed later. The impact of digital technology and education in K-12 classrooms indicates more remote global working relationships and information access that will help workplaces and institutions operate with ease.
Tip: Organizing the time and date to meet online for group collaborations can be tricky, students, as well as teachers, are recommended to use meeting scheduler applications such as need to meet to discuss work progress.
The COVID-19 pandemic situation has left educational institutions with no other option than to empower teachers and students with the resources, training, and technology to make move towards online, inclusive classrooms using different software. Online learning, however, prevailed for graduate students since the mid-1990s with the spread of the World Wide Web; it is now trickled down to K-12 students too. For these students, remote learning is no longer an all-or-nothing option. Most of the students choose a few online courses for specific subjects that interest them but may not get enough information or coverage at physical schools. Educators now understand the advantages of two learning styles working together to develop well-rounded learners.
Tip: Online tools used to attend lectures can also be used to contact lecturers and classmates. Discussing topics and asking questions during lectures is a great way to enhance the quality of remote learning.
The recent global situations and technological changes have changed the way educators get ready and are being trained to provide online lectures for K-12 students. Over 73 percent of the teachers these days use mobile applications for classroom activities and most of them reach out to their colleagues all over the world through social media sites. Pinterest is one such online site where we can find information about everything from holiday crafts to science experiments.
Tip: Like students, teachers also have access to a lot of information online, they also must sort the information and thoroughly go through the details so that they can find the best methods or details to further share it with students during virtual class hours.