These are wonderful times in the education sector, where innovation and good practice flourish in the classroom. So much so that today, technology is an integral part of schools at all levels of education. Whether in the classroom, in administration or even in common areas, technological advances are present in these centers. This is not surprising because technological solutions are able to meet many of the daily communication and information requirements.
How does the use of digital tools benefit my school?
Whether it’s using technology, learning about it or learning with it, more and more schools are looking for digital innovation. There are several reasons for this:
- Information processing assistance
Managing the volume of information with which the centers work is complex. However, versatile digital tools make it possible to process and transmit content efficiently, simply and effectively.
- It brings people together
This is so for two reasons. On the one hand, we can be part of the communities that are looking for the path to a more effective and motivating education, thanks to the Internet. On the other hand, the technology allows us to generate immersive environments in which information is shown in a staggered way and ready to facilitate its assimilation by the educational community, whether it is school workers, families, teachers or the students themselves.
- It is at the service of schools
It is much more than an auxiliary aid. Associated with study programs, projects and curricula, it allows us to be at the forefront of educational progress.
- A means in the teaching-learning process
Educational materials and, consequently, didactic tools (including digital platforms and tools) have a great influence on the teaching-learning process. Especially because they improve the climate of the classroom, creating flexible learning environments that can be adapted to the reality of each school.
Benefits for the student
All schools strive for student excellence. It is precisely technology in the classroom that can be the key to your students’ success in acquiring knowledge. Here are 5 advantages of digital tools for your students :
- From digital native to digital qualified
We often listen to the concept of “digital native” and assume that our students are good at manipulating technological tools, just by their date of birth. The use of technology and digital tools in the classroom allows teachers to inculcate a criterion and bring knowledge. Digital tools help you train your students to be digitally savvy, competent and critical. Help them build their digital identities in a consistent way, preparing them for a world that is constantly changing.
- It adapts to their learning style
The generation present in the classrooms prefers to experiment and discover knowledge. While we, as teachers, learn by using diagrams or models, our students like to test new methods and explore information; they learn “by doing”. Technology satisfies this mode of learning, not only as a means of where the learning takes place, but also because of its flexibility so that each student can use the content according to his or her personal method of learning.
- They move from passive to active agents
With the current trend to change the role of students, technology has much to contribute. The use of electronic devices, digital tools and creations developed with them, allows students to move from passive to active agents. They become the protagonists of their learning process, with the teacher being the guide who leads this process.
- They learn in a meaningful way
Digital tools allow us to apply strategies in the classroom, such as gamification or methodologies such as flipped classroom that, combined with active methodologies, maximize learning. Technology helps us to make lessons more motivating and meaningful by stimulating the emotion to learn. When our brain likes it, it assimilates concepts better. In addition, by creating a relaxed environment, classroom stress is reduced and learning increases.
- They prepare for the future
Digital tools help us to develop skills in students that will be necessary for their professional career, for problem solving, creating structures and understanding processes, all contextualized in a real-life environment. They are preparing for a future where their relationship with technology is assured.
Benefits for teachers
The process of contextualization in the classroom does not only involve the use of a blackboard, a book and slides. Technology is a social reality and therefore the reality of our students. Technology is and will continue to be part of schools and classrooms. This is good news because, when used wisely, technology can help us a lot in our work as teachers. Here are key benefits of technology for teachers:
- Educate based on the real needs of your students
The skills, competencies and know-how that our students acquire in the classroom will be essential in determining their future professional integration. We want to train our students with integrity as individuals. Good management of technological resources will help us in this task because it facilitates the transmission of knowledge by motivating and enables us to become advisors and guides to their learning.
- Achieve your educational goals with flexibility
We can find digital tools containing templates and resources to make our work as teachers more agile. Use intuitive and easy-to-use tools to get your message across to your students in a meaningful way. Look for platforms that allow you to teach and distribute information in layers to encourage exploration and therefore gaming. Make your lessons motivating and memorable.
- Create your own learning resources
How many times have we seen a book or resource need a supplement to be perfect. Or we want to work with a more motivational approach. Digital tools allow us to create our own resources, from didactic units to complete games, including computer graphics and videos, and we can generate resources that work on concepts in a transversal or multidisciplinary way, facilitating critical thinking and information retention, obtaining a more complete, meaningful training that prepares students for real life.
- Improve your digital skills
Digital tools allow us to be up to date in the use of ICT and help us to improve our digital skills through training in the use and management of digital tools.
- Focus the information, customize the training
Educational trends combined with technology mean that information is put at our service so that teachers can refine the content and highlight the most relevant ones. We free ourselves from routine to develop the most professional and creative tasks, obtaining time in class to guide and follow our students in a more personalized way.