Technology, Does It Really Help?
The world of today is one highly used to, if not dependent on, the use of technology. Everything we do, from household chores to technological achievements, relies upon the use of technology or machines in one way or the other. Computer and other gadgets like smartphones have become our daily drivers, something most of us can no longer live without.
But how has all of that affected childhood? Mostly it is believed that children have gone away from social values because of the dependency on these gadgets for their entertainment. But the same gadgets are also being used to educate children in a lot of innovative ways. So the question is; does technology really help them get better education?
Conservative vs. Innovative:
Educating children through the use of technology requires some innovation on the teacher's part. Where conventional methods of teaching a child something like the alphabets do work, they take a lot of time and patience. Whereas it has been seen that children respond to visual media much quicker, even when you’re not expecting them to.
How to Turn Technology into a Tool for Learning:
We all know how much children love smartphones and tablets. So why not use them to educate children while also being fun? Technology really does help you if you know how to use it in interesting and interactive ways. These are some things that you can do at home or even make a part of your school curriculum that can help new students form the basis for their education:
- The first thing any child has to learn is to recognize letters. This fundamental skill is what helps them in their school courses afterwards. Making a simple game out of your tablet keyboard in which children have to touch or point to certain letters can help enhance their knowledge of the alphabets more quickly than other conventional ways.
- Another thing you can do is have children recognize their names in a group of multiple names. Helping children find the first letter of their names is a great exercise that increases their phonetic awareness and also the ability to recognize words when they see them.
- One more game to help a child recognize an alphabet is by telling them a random word and then racing them to find the first letter on the keyboard. Giving them knowledge of the keyboard layout also helps them later on when they have to type in their assignments.
An Increase in Social and Cognitive Skills:
Contrary to general belief, using computers in a classroom leads to a social interaction among students that is 63 percent more than a classroom with puzzle play. Many children, who otherwise are not very social, have been seen making contact with others when interacting through computers. Other than social skills, computers lead to children being on-task 90 percent of the time while in a classroom which leads to enhanced cognitive skills as well. It gives them a confidence and a sense of achievement that they cannot usually get when taught in a conventional environment.
So we reach the conclusion that in order for a classroom to be successful in these times of computers and internet, a cohabitation of the curriculum with interactive technology is necessary. When employed correctly for the benefit of the children, technology really does help in their development while bringing them in tune with the present innovations.