A technology rich classroom enhances a child’s education to a certain degree. If appropriately used, the tools of technology can be used for the development of higher order thinking skills. Computer-led instruction is an integral part of a technology rich classroom as well an upcoming part of the teaching and learning process.
Through computer-led instruction, teachers can give more colorful, stimulating lectures. This helps make subject matter comprehensible to students. A PowerPoint presentation can help to fulfill this specific expectation by supplying visual means of instruction, auditory means of instruction, or a combination of visual and auditory means of instruction.
Another method teachers can use to achieve these methods of instruction is the SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard. Instead of connecting my computer to this projector, a teacher could connect it to The SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard and make handwritten notes alongside a presentation. Through any computer-led presentation, teachers can deliver both visual and auditory information. Visualizing and modeling, especially in the sciences, allows the students to better comprehend subject material, and they may be able to observe, memorize, and experiment more easily. Listening to native speakers, especially in common classes such as Spanish, French, Italian, can help students to develop an ear for certain sounds, which can be activated from a PowerPoint presentation.
Other resources teachers can access through a computer-led presentation include e-mail, presentation handouts, commercial course wear, CD-ROM materials, and computer simulations.
These resources and more help to engage and support student learning. Lessons may better stand out in students’ memories and help them comprehend information for upcoming tests and ideally, the rest of their life. Students without an aptitude for a certain subject may be more likely to stay engaged and on task with visualizing and modeling activities. Better comprehension of a subject may lead to increased motivation in a subject; and better comprehension and increased motivation may help reduce behavior problems in the classroom.
A computer can be used to access the Internet, where both teachers and students can receive unbounded access to information. Through a computer-led presentation, teachers can easily access the Internet. Accessing the Internet can certainly help to engage a classroom of students. With access to online sources, encyclopedias, maps, other resource material, teachers can incorporate stimulating, educational material. Furthermore, teachers can ensure that their students are accessing information that is current and up to date if it is accessed from a recent online source instead of an outdated print source.
The Internet serves many useful purposes in the classroom. Already, at some college campuses, students benefit from online scheduling, online class forums, online job-listing services, and online library research assistance. Most lectures are being taught with PowerPoint presentations and most recently, college campuses have introduced iClickers to monitor attendance and proctor exams in lecture. Even online readers are starting to appear.
Some associate the use of technology in classroom with possible harmful effects, such as making children antisocial, unable think for themselves, and dependent on technology to learn. However, similar assumptions were made upon the invention of printing press, television, and radio. Technology should not be a seen as a crutch, but rather as a means to achieve higher bigger and better things in our society.
While increasing technology integration should be a priority in the classroom, maximizing student learning must ultimately be teachers’ first priority.