By PowerBuy // 3 December 2014 // Related Categories: Tips

3 Signs your school is keeping up with tech

Since the late 90’s schools have been using technology to enhance the learning experience of students, however over the past few years we have seen significant development in technology available to learning institutions.

From prep to university, students and teachers are turning to their screens. In fact, at the University of NSW, book loaning has declined 20 per cent each year, with students instead working in groups to seek information online.

Technology is transforming methods of teaching by facilitating engaging and interactive learning for students. Across the country, most schools from K-12 have implemented some form of electronic learning, allowing students and teachers to immediately connect to the internet and access to information.

Is your school tech savvy? Here are some key indicators to look out for:

1. Interactive Whiteboards throughout

Interactive whiteboards are a popular way for teachers to deliver info to kids in a fun and engaging way. The whiteboards allow teachers to present multimedia, convert freehand writing on the whiteboard into text and print it for students.

2. Tablets are widely used in class activities and homework

Touch-screen interfaces and animation provide a great way for students to interact with educational material. From online textbooks to digital tests and exercises, students are exposed to stimulating new ways to learn, across a variety of subjects.

3. Laptops are the norm

Whether laptops are issued by the school or a BYOD (bring your own device) policy is in place, most schools have integrated laptops into the curriculum. Many have pre-installed educational packs which offer access to a vast collection of resources, activities and learning aids.

Tech Smart Schools

Nationwide, schools are implementing innovative new ways to incorporate technology into their classes.

Sam Hallal is a school council member of a suburban Melbourne primary school. He says the introduction of an ICT program has produced positive learning outcomes from students.

“We implemented a 1:1 notebook program for the students two years ago. The students are more motivated to do their work and are more engaged with the content,” he said.

“We’ve also introduced a school TV program, where students have access to technology which allows them to create educational videos and share them with their classmates. It’s a great way to get the kids actively involved in their learning.”

New technologies are being applied to a range of learning areas and the benefits are not limited to students. Staff are also using technology to simplify management processes, decrease time spent marking work and collect data about student learning habits.

Georgia Bradford, primary teacher at Scotch College Adelaide says technology has become an integral part of her job.

“I have a laptop on which all reports, programing, communication and general work are done,” she said.

“I cannot do my job or provide the students in my care with the best education possible without the use of technology. It is an important part of their learning and a step towards preparing our children for their future.”

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