Technology is developing so rapidly, and now it is woven into almost every part of our lives. This has influenced the way we communicate, socialize, connect, play and most importantly learn .
With the large and increasing presence of technology, it is only natural that we start thinking about using technology in learning in classrooms.
Definition of Technology
According to Merriam Webster, the definition of technology is as follows:
- practical application of knowledge especially in specific areas;
- the abilities afforded by the practical application of knowledge;
- how to complete tasks primarily using new technical processes, methods or knowledge of technology for information storage;
- specific aspects of a particular field (educational technology).
Technology can also be defined as follows:
- Application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry;
- Machines and equipment are developed from the application of scientific knowledge;
- Branch of science related to engineering or applied science.
Simply put, technology is anything that can facilitate work, speed up work, improve work results, and so on.
Use of Technology in the Classroom
Technology can be used to facilitate, accelerate, and streamline the learning process in the classroom.
Some examples of the use of technology in the classroom, for example:
- The teacher uses a computer and a projector screen to explain the subject matter (through power points, for example);
- The teacher makes video tutorials for students to learn independently, complete with competency test questions;
- Making e-learning(online learning) through the school website;
- The teacher makes videos of the learning process in class to be uploaded on the school website or stored in the school library for students to watch again;
- The teacher makes interactive videos containing practice questions from the material that has been taught for student games.
Clearly, technology can be used as a tutor, as teaching, or as a learning tool.
Note: “Technology will not replace teachers, but teachers who use technology will replace teachers who don’t!”
Benefits of Using Technology in the Classroom
Future oriented. The future is all about technology and multi-screening, and education cannot be left behind.
Learning to be more interesting. It engages and challenges students with new and interactive methods.
Improve skills. Technology can enhance a wide range of skills, including digital learning, collaboration and problem solving.
Increase collaboration. Students can work and collaborate with people in other locations. Distance learners can join online classes.
Reduce load and save paper. Students carry fewer books, but instead use laptops or tablets or smartphones with their lessons and projects on them.
Technology in the classroom has many different benefits. It is up to educational institutions today to recognize these benefits and apply them to their learning systems for a more progressive future.