Discuss using specific examples, how computers may be used to maximize the student learning in the classroom.
As access to computers and technology exponentially increases, the next generation children are growing up becoming increasingly exposed to the various influential stimuli than generations before them. Children within this generation that are exposed to this new technology are frequently referred to as ‘digital natives’. Having consistent access to an abundant array of technology presents an immense sum of advantages, which must be employed correctly for maximum benefit for both students and teachers. Learning to implement this technology to advantage education is essential, along with educating the students of the challenges this technology presents. With the number of computers present within the classroom growing worldwide there are countless ways in which to assist in the teaching process but more importantly maximize the students learning within the classroom which in turn supports a new constructivist approach to learning, which the use of this new technology increasingly promotes.
According to Albion (2005) the use of technology within education has two applications; it can enhance the teaching of existing content and practices subsequently increasing student productivity, and introduce numerous new ways of teaching and learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Albion (2005) refers to these two categories of the use of computers and technology as Type 1 and Type 2.
Teachers have an exorbitant amount of technology at their disposal, which, if used effectively allows them to teach their usual content more proficiently. The use of smart boards instead of white boards is becoming more and more prominent within Australian schools, assisting teachers with what once was the tedious task of preparing board work for their each lesson (Bruce, 2011). Projectors are a similar piece of technology assisting teachers, enabling...