Students today have access to more technology than ever before. Whether through a computer, cell phone, smart TV, or tablet, children are finding ways to get online.
Although funding gaps still exist in low-income neighborhoods, schools that are able to embrace and incorporate technology into their classrooms and lessons can provide more opportunities for students to explore topics and information and more effectively prepare their students to live in a global society in the 21st century, one that is increasingly connecting through technology.
Learning Through Technology
Even with all of the resources that exist, however, some students are still falling behind with their learning. In order to close the achievement gap in many communities, educators and families can promote learning through technology. For example, students can get access to a variety of apps and programs through phones or devices at any time of the day or week.
Digital resources are excellent for learning a language, building literacy, or learning about content areas, such as math, social studies, or science. Just 15-20 minutes a day of practicing math facts, learning new vocabulary, building foundational reading skills, etc. could make a difference in the progress of a child.
Students can also use their devices to research information on the Internet for reports, projects, lessons, or topics of interest. Allowing students to look for information at the touch of a button may open a whole new world for them.
For students who do not have access to WiFi at home, many stores, restaurants, and public libraries provide open WiFi hotspots that anyone can connect to. Libraries also give free library cards and students are able to use their computers for a given amount of time. In some libraries, children can access audiobooks for free, so they can listen to books any time of the day anywhere.
Using technology also allows students to practice their skills and enrich their education during the weeks off in the summer, and it allows for family members to participate with their children and stay involved and up to date with their students’ progress.
Technology is all around us every day. The more parents, educators, and students take advantage of these technological resources, the better chance students will have for success in the future.
Learn about VHL digital resources for ELLs, and Newcomers.
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