When I was in elementary school and growing up, technology wasn’t that popular in the classroom. We would have a projector overhead which would just show words or phrases bigger for the entire class to read at the same time. But other than that, the teacher would have a computer and that’s it. Technology has made an impact with education starting at the younger grades and advancing through college. The problem that I want to introduce is how to use this technology that we have been given to further the education and the young minds in the elementary school systems.
There are many pros for having technology in the classrooms of younger generations such as technology allows your class to have instant access to information that can supplement their learning experience. When you are teaching a lesson or need an example of specific content you’re teaching, kids are able to look that specific information up online and able to say the answer or share what they have found online to the class allowing interaction between the kids. So instead of raising your hand for answering the question, they can show the teacher and the class more about the specific topic. Students will also be able to learn life skills through technology such as looking something up online to find more information about that topic or watch “how to” videos on certain topics. Students will able be able to create presentations, learn to differentiate reliable form unreliable sources on the internet, maintain proper online etiquette, streamtowatch
and able to learn how to communicate online. These are all vital skills young students will be able to learn with the help on technology in their classrooms.
Why do we need technology in elementary schools? Well according to an infographic published by Everyday Family, 54% of 21st century kids start using mobile devices when they are 5 to 8 years old. 30% of the apps on parents’ mobile are downloaded specially for their children’s usage. 77% of the parents accept that usage of tablet increases children’s learning & creativity. 72% of iTunes top selling apps are designed for preschoolers and elementary students. Why is this information important? This shows that kids right now are able to access technology at home and are encouraged to use it. So why not in the schools that they are learning at? Giving this opportunity for kids will give them a sense of a familiar environment and will be more inclined to branch out and explore the ways to achieve with the help of technology devices. With this reason, having technology in classrooms for kids to use is just an obvious answer for me.