August is here and many students are headed back to school. School buses are out and about and school zones are soon to be active. It is time to take the kids shopping to check everything off of their supplies and clothing lists.
For those new to college, it is time to go residence hall shopping for bedding, a micro-fridge, and other living necessities. Bookstores are open on campuses, ready for students to spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks and school swag items in preparation for the first week of school. As classes resume, it is important to know what technology you or your child might encounter. Let us take a look at the latest technology that can be found in the classroom.
SMART Boards which are also called interactive white boards are used in the classroom to boost student engagement, accommodate different learning styles, share lessons, and help students succeed (Stealey, 2023).
According to the VARK model, there are four different learning styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and reading/writing (Flemings and Mills, 1992). The SMART board is used to reach different styles through visual display, multimedia content, and writing on the board. Teachers are also able to view the assignments their students are working on in real-time.
“I am able to program the SMART board by adding assignments and I can see the students working on their assignments on their Chromebooks,” said Thelma Rawls, a 3rd grade teacher who is a member of New Foreman Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.
It is no secret that the pandemic shifted the way we learn. Remote learning forced school districts to issue over a million laptops to students to use at home. Laptops are used in and out of the classroom for problem-solving, writing essays, taking notes, and submitting assignments.
On college campuses, students are highly encouraged to purchase a laptop or tablet to use throughout their collegiate journey. Tablets are considered a lighter device used for reading, taking notes, and viewing information.
Virtual Reality uses headsets or closed-head mounted displays to transpose the user to a different world. For example, students can take virtual trips to historic sites, museums, other planets, and cities giving them a chance to see how people work and live.
School teachers, are there other devices you would add to this list? If so, share them with Angel at email@example.com.
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