Digital Technology and its Impact on Learning

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These days, it is apparent that digital technology is the guiding force for learning and other things in the world. Digital technology has become so popular that it is being used in school systems and embraced by parents, teachers and students. In fact, it does make a lot of sense to adapt to this trend since it has impacted kindergarten to twelfth grade learning and beyond. Digital technology has touched most things in our modern society. Yes, mobile apps and computer programs might have a change in name occasionally, but the same principle remains. There will always be fundamental similarities to the way that the world engages people. The education system is no different. How does digital technology impact the educational institutions and the children who attend? Let’s explore.

Teamwork

In a world of digital technology, students have more to work with. No longer do students have to work alone, but collaboration is possible. When there is an important school project, the library may be out of reach. Students can work as a team from their computers or mobile apps without leaving their homes. Information found online can be shared from a free online dropbox account. Teachers can even ask students to upload their assignments from various online portals instead of printing and handing it in. The framework and ideas for this are limitless and it makes it much easier for everyone.

Gathering Information

In addition to the ease in sharing information, students these days have access to research capabilities on the Internet. If someone were to write a paper, there are a wide range of academic databases with electronic access to students. No longer do you really have to go to the library to peruse through thousands of books. The information is only a few clicks away. The key is for educators to show students how to conduct research in less time to get accurate information.

Learning Remotely

With the access of the Internet, learning can be done remotely. This is true in high school and colleges where it is already taking place. Remote learning, however, calls for discipline and organization. If a student is regularly late on assignments and not ahead of the educational game, then remote learning may not be the right option. However, if a student can maintain his or her grades when participating in online classes, then this is the perfect option, especially for a student who has to hold down a full time job while going to school. There are so many more benefits to online learning that students should take advantage of.

Preparing Teachers

Digital technology also helps teachers to prepare their lesson plans. From research to gathering information for addition to lessons, teachers have a whole lot of options. Almost 73 percent of educators are using mobile apps in their classrooms for student activities. Many teachers even communicate with their peers using social media. One site that gives science teachers ideas for classroom projects is Pinterest. Others are also available and accessible to educators. Technology is a teacher’s and student’s friend. The key is to make use of it.

Top Fears New College Students Have

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When you are bound for college and it is your first year, there are many fears that you may have. Undeniably and in the front of your mind is the idea of leaving your comfort zone and venturing off into an unknown world – away from home. Don’t feel bad because you are not alone. College can be an enlightening and rewarding experience as long as you remain positive and take advantage of the opportunities offered to you.

The Roommate

Yes, you may experience a nightmare with that horrible roommate, but that isn’t the end all of everything. Most colleges have resident hall assistants to provide help in solving all roommate issues. If mediation doesn’t work, you can change your roommate. You can also have a sit down with the roommate to discuss what you like and what you don’t. However, this should be done from the onset to avoid future issues.

New Friends

You may have a hard time making friends, but believe it or not, college will have some great people that you can befriend. It may be easier to join a fraternity or club so that you can feel like family. Yes, that is what most fraternities push for and it will fill the gap of you missing your own family at home. You can also find friends during the orientation period where most of the attendees are the same age group.

The Party Scene

You are going to be confronted with this issue. How you handle it will determine how well you do in school. Too much partying can create problems for you, especially with maintaining your academic scores. It would be better to avoid too much partying. Be firm about this and don’t worry about what your other college buddies might think about you.

College Papers

You may also be wondering how you are going to efficiently write your college papers and if you are smart enough to maintain a decent GPA. There is nothing that disciplined studying cannot do in that regard. If you need help, college offers tutors and writing labs. So take advantage of it. As long as you keep about a 2.0 GPA average, you should be fine.

Studying

You have to put in the time to study. You also have to be organized and manage your time well. Get to know your professors for when you need to ask for help. They will most always accommodate you and give you study tips. However, the pressure will remain on you to be an astute student. Don’t wait until the day before an exam to pick up your textbook. Study right up to the day before the exam, but give yourself at least one week of studying. You can do it.  You could also get involved in various study groups or form your own.

Homesickness

It is normal to feel homesick, especially during the first semester and if you have never left home for that long before. Speak to the resident assistant or go to the counseling center to speak to someone there. They can help you to feel at home. Call home when you can, but get busy. There are so many positive things that can occupy your time in college.

5 Websites Every Teacher Should Use

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Being a teacher is a tough and often thankless job, but the tech world is catching onto that. While there isn’t much a web developer can do to make parents more patient and understanding, there is a lot they can do to make teachers’ lives a little easier. Just take a look at these five websites as an example. If you’re not already using them, now is the time to start.

 

Easel.ly

 

Don’t waste time searching for infographics to pique students’ interest and appeal to the visual learners. This site lets you create and share visual data with ease. Their formats and templates are simple and customizable, and they’ve got something that can apply to almost any subject. This is also a great resource to share with your students if you’re looking for ways to help them create more data driven or visually appealing projects and presentations. While there is a fee associated with their premium membership, their free accounts are just as good at creating striking and informative material.

 

TeacherTube

 

Whether you’re pulling up clips of Carl Sagan, Bill Nye, or Miss Frizzle, chances are that video clips from sites like YouTube or Vimeo. TeacherTube is the same idea, but it is specifically for teachers and built to help you find relevant content from around the world. You can share the videos with your students and parents, too, to help reinforce in class concepts at home and let your parents in on what exactly their kids have been learning in class.

 

ThingLink

 

ThingLink has a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, but once you get used to it, it’s fantastic. It allows you to create interactive visuals that bring together images, videos, and content on a single interactive page. It’s a great way to create a study guide or get readings together external to a text book. It’s also an ideal tool for integrating multiple informational sources, like maps and videos. It’s great for breaking down heavier content into a more understandable framework, too. A free account will get you access for one class and 100 students.

 

Remind

 

Remind is a great tool for keeping in touch with students, parents, or both. It allows you to send out mass texts to students and parents, and you can set them up to be either one way or two way. It provides a sense of security in that the app delivers the message, rather than you doing it straight from your phone. That way, students and parents never see your number (so they can’t bother you on it) and you never see theirs (so they don’t have to worry about any potential individual harassment). It’s an easy way to get in touch with your class and make sure everyone remembers that their project is due tomorrow.

Infuse Learning

 

Infuse Learning is a student response system, and it’s something you really should try. You can engage in any sort of response activity with it, from figuring out which subjects your students are most interested in through a poll to creating quizzes and homework assignments. It can be accessed across devices and locations, and allows students to participate in their native language, which is great if you have any ESL students. It’s also packed with analytical tools so that you can see what is reaching kids and what isn’t.