The use of technology in classrooms opens up a world of possibilities. Students no longer have to rely on their imagination to make their subjects come alive. The classroom has changed from low technology, in the forms of overhead projectors, chalkboards and whiteboard markers, to new technology – with tablets, online platforms and applications galore have transformed classrooms into virtual reality studios. It only makes sense that schools and classrooms integrate the ever-ready systems and technology available into classrooms.
Using technology in classrooms prepares young students for their transition into university and later into the working world.
Technology is an enabler
At a young age, they are already introduced to complex ideas, such as coding and IT-based schemes and being able to understand devices and use them correctly.
Students in today’s age have also grown up around technology, constantly being connected through their smart phones and computers. Attention spans are getting lower and students need to be more stimulated. Technology in the classrooms attends to the needs of the students of today and keeps them attentive in order to learn more.
Technology keeps students and teachers up to date. Information online is updated rapidly and there are so many references to choose from in comparison to out of date paper textbooks. Students are able to scroll through search engines in order to find the information that they are looking for. This also keeps teachers on their toes, unable to become complacent with the information in the syllabus, now having to answer a plethora of questions about “why” things work as they do.
But the key lies in how technology is used
Teachers must also be able to teach students “about” technology, explaining how to use it in the correct and appropriate manner. It is easy for young students to become sidetracked with all the information available at their fingertips. There has to be rules and regulations put in place so that students stay on the right path.
STEMmates is an example of how technology can be used in the classroom. STEM refers to the study of the subjects related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEMmates is designed to equip young students with the skills necessary to apply the use of technology in their future lives and careers. Our classes are designed to encourage collaboration and at the same time, build on independent learning.
Cultivating curiosity, imagination and passion for STEM
Students at STEMmates are introduced to technologically advanced courses such as robotics and forensics at a young age. Hands-on learning experiences and real-life situations enable students to find creative ways to problem-solve.
Find out about how your child can jump on the technology-train with our specialised courses today!
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