Technology in the classroom is constantly changing. As time goes on, technology advances, and students gain new and improved ways of learning and engaging in school. While students are utilizing new technology to take notes and improve their learning experience, teachers are also adapting to the new technology and creating new and unique ways to teach their students.
With technological advancements becoming an everyday occurrence, the pressure for teachers and school districts to incorporate this new technologies in their classrooms in becoming exceedingly high. Not only do they increase student engagement, but they also facilitate learning and make education more fun for students who otherwise might be disengaged. Because of this, many districts and school systems now require special training for teachers and faculty in order to familiarize them with all of the new technology being used inside the classroom.
One of the new tech advancements being utilized inside the classroom include interactive whiteboards- multi-use boards that allow teachers to share files and presentations with students, teach lessons on the board, and control the board much like a tablet. Laptops and internet access provide students with quick access to an infinite amount of research they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
Last week, President Barack Obama announced to the public that he has pledged close to $3 billion in funds to be used to close the gap in technology in schools and classrooms across the country. He committed these funds to public schools during last Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. The money is supposed to be made up of a combination of donations collected from private tech companies, as well as a commitment made from the Federal Communications Commission.
The President pledged that these funds were in fact necessary in order to get broadband and wireless internet into the more than 15,000 schools across the country that are currently operating with no internet service at all. During the speech, the President said that “in a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools.” With less than 30 public schools in America having the broadband internet services they need, he spoke about how we are falling behind as a country by not keeping our classrooms up with the times when it comes to technology.