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 As the world becomes more technologically advanced, so does the typical, American classroom. Rather, at least this classroom should use some of those advancements. Statistics indicate that most public school systems can spend as much as $3 billion per year on digital content and technology.

Therefore, it seems that education is slowly starting to remove itself from only using pen and pencil as a means of learning. There still are many challenges to achieve the goal of transforming education through technology, but it can be done with ease. Here is some information to consider about how technology will be the ultimate transformer in how a public school education prepares children for the future.Photo: Lewis Robinson


Technology Leads to Personalized Learning

One of the ultimate goals of using technology in the classroom is to help students personalize their learning experience as much as possible to meet their individual needs. Many digital devices, various types of software, and types of learning platforms are needed to make this happen. Many districts make this happen by assigning a digital device to each student, and in some cases, students are also allowed to bring their own technology from home.

As of 2014, only one-third of all students have an individual device provided by schools to call their own, though. This number is on the rise. About 89 percent of all high school students in school districts have access to items like Smartphones from home that they can bring to school for educational purposes, though. While personalized learning is at the baby stages of starting, it is quickly gaining ground, though.


Platforms for Students to Use

As mentioned previously, there are platforms available to teachers and students to help with transforming education through technology to create an educational experience that is more personalized. Some of these platforms are free, but most of them come at a relatively low cost per student. One such platform that is helpful to students is Course Hero. This platform focuses on providing study materials to students to prepare for tests. This program is easy for teachers to use as many study resources have already been created for them to use. At the same time, students can benefit from using this platform for homework help from tutors at any time of day on any day of the week.


Improving Student Engagement

Research indicates that students are more engaged in their lessons and studies so long as the technology is employed in some way. The current generation of students going through public schools at this point is extremely in tune with technology from a very young age as technology becomes more available in the form of tablets for children at home. Assignments must remain compelling, though, which technology cannot simply be a vehicle through which information is conveyed.

In short, students have to be asked to actually do something with their lessons instead of being shoveled information that is to be recalled at a later time. Assignments that avoid this type of spoon-fed education creates students who are able to think for themselves. Therefore, students are less likely to simply go out to the internet to search for and copy answers. This new type of cheating is very alluring, so assignments need to be made in a way that discourages such tactics as much as possible.

Education paradigm is changing every day to take into consideration the technological advancements becoming more readily available to students. Personalizing their education as much as possible and keeping assignments aligned in ways that teach students to think for themselves are absolutely essential to achieving a proper education in today's world.

Lewis Robinson is a business consultant specializing in social media marketing, CRM, and sales.  He's had the opportunity to manage his own startup businesses and currently freelances as a writer and business consultant.


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Photo: Lewis Robinson