"Students were required to bring a one-to-one device at Year 9 - we came to the conclusion that the iPad is the most suitable machine and recommended it to parents."
Parent's Prep: New Technology In Schools; What Parents Need To Know  

Technology offers new and exciting ways for your children to learn and for you to increase your involvement in your children’s education. Children given technology opportunities at home watch less television, improve problem solving and critical thinking skills and excel in written communication skills, math skills and computer skills according to the Department of Education. Parents have found that new technology in schools increases communication with their children and their children’s teachers. Be sure that as a parent, you stay up to date on the evolution of technology in education so that your kids can reap the benefits.

The integration of technology and education has encouraged enthusiasm from students, elevated achievement levels, created richer classroom content and has improved retention rates for students according to the National School Boards Association. Students who use technology in school can enhance their communication and research skills as well as become more analytical in their thought process. If you give children the tools to research their interests, their education could be limitless. Not to mention that having even basic technological skills can exponentially increase their value in the job market.

School districts and administrators across the nation have been focused on advancing their services through technology.

Schools across the nation have implemented online, progress-monitoring solutions to track students’ scholastic progress and help identify areas of struggle for individual students. The Yearly ProgressPro™ program by McGraw Hill integrates each state’s standards into the tracking system so educators can compare each student’s progress with state accountability exam standards. This program also gives teachers the freedom to build their own assessment for each classroom of students.

Teachers have begun to use YouTube to record the steps in solving math problems, easily accessible to students and parents at home. Renee Shaver, a fifth grade teacher, introduces both her students and their parents to how she uses a document camera and smart board while teaching. She then posts the lessons on YouTube. Parents and students can access the day’s lessons for a review, homework help or in the event of an absence, watch a lesson from home. Ms. Shaver states, “Technology saves teachers time because children learn to help themselves at home.”

 

 

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