Technology in Education
In todays global society the rapid growth of technology “know-how” is ever changing by the second, ranging from personal computers to digital gas pumps at the local convenience store. In order to stay ahead of the game, Hart Public Schools believes that providing the very best in technology for both teachers and students will enhance learning and give our youth the knowledge and skills needed for such a demanding and competitive job market.
Numerous studies have shown that students who used computer-based instruction score higher on tests of achievement compared to students in similar conditions without computers. Studies have also found that students learn more in less time and develop more positive attitudes when their classes include computer-based instruction.
Educational Tech Advantages
If a school’s library is outdated or lacking in a selection of titles, a student might find it difficult to compile the necessary research for an essay or research paper. With a computer lab or a portable computing device, students are able to use the Internet and digital encyclopedias to obtain the research they need.
When schools in different parts of the state, country or world connect, students can “meet” their counterparts through video conferencing without leaving the classroom. Some sites, such as Glovico, are used to help students learn foreign languages online by pairing a group of students with a teacher from another country.
In younger grades, teachers can expose children to computers through educational games. Instead of playing board games that focus on education, students can learn the basics of spelling, counting and other early educational lessons through computer games that make learning fun.
In the past, students could take distance or continuing education classes, also called “correspondence courses,” at community colleges and universities. After enrolling in a course of this style, a student would receive course documents in the mail and would be required to mail assignments to their teacher at the educational institution. The process was long and complicated. Thanks to technology, continuing education students can take courses over the Internet at their convenience.
Not every school has the resources and budget to send its students on field trips related to the course of study. When this is the case, the students’ education can suffer. But thanks to technology, students can use the Internet to virtually attend Web seminars put on by museums and other educational institutions from all over the world.
Hart Public Schools has the “Edge on Technology”
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