How can integrating technology in the classroom help students with their academic skills?
There are a number of ways in which integrating technology into the classroom can help students with their academic skills.
For one thing, the ability to find information online is a major academic skill today. This is something that is best learned through the actual use of technology. A teacher who has integrated technology into their classroom can demonstrate how to analyze sources on the internet. Such teachers, depending on the technology they have, can also watch students as they try to find sources. Teachers can then give students pointers on this important academic skill.
As another example, there are many math programs that help students learn at their own pace. These programs analyze the sorts of questions that students answer correctly and incorrectly and they adjust what they are asking the student accordingly. Such programs can really boost math achievement because they adjust to the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses much more easily than a teacher could.
Finally, teachers can use technology in other ways to challenge students in a more efficient way. For example, teachers can use clickers to require each student to at least try to answer each question the teacher poses. The teacher no longer needs to call on one student. Instead, they can call on all students, thus giving each student the opportunity to be more engaged with every part of the lesson.
In these ways, and many others, it is possible to use technology to help students with their academic skills.