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21st Century Education and Technology

With the evolution of technology, educators suggest that this can be a major attribute to a child’s education. However, many educators believe that technology is to mature for these children. Although teachers see advances in technology, children do not. “Technology is not technology if it already existed when you were born.” There are five basic reasons why technology should be included in the twenty-first century classroom.

  1. Information technology allows learning to take place anytime and anywhere, rather than only in the classroom.
  2.  The weight of textbooks and binders are causing a significant number of back injuries. In using a laptop or other technological devise, this decreases the weight load and significantly increases the storage amount.
  3. The interaction and illustration that technology provides creates a greater depth of understanding of a concept. Technology allows teachers to demonstrate concepts much easier.  In addition, with technology, students are able to experiment themselves on their own time.
  4. By using technology, teachers are able to give students projects that require them to learn the necessary material themselves. This approach makes learning much more interesting for students.
  5. Rather than writing in a notebook for only the teacher to see, technology has enabled us to allow many others to see. This can be done by creating a blog, making a video, make a PowerPoint presentation, and record spoken words.

Information contained in this Blog Post is in reference to the21stcenturyteacher.com.

Tablets For Autism

          Although the iPad may be a leisure to many, it is starting to become a gateway to education especially for children with autism. For children with autism, this new technology can improve communication, assist in the development of social skills, and enhance the ability to learn. Children with autism typically struggle with staying focused. The interactive nature of the iPad is more likely to engage children’s attention and make learning a lot easier.

          Children with autism often dislike being restricted to one seat for a period of time. The tablet allows the child to continue their work anywhere they choose to locate, whether it is in the floor or at a desk. The iPad also allows children to learn at their own pace without feeling pressured.

         Many have reported great success with the iPad. The programs that are offered have provided a mean of communication for some children with autism who cannot speak or have language delays. Other apps help children learn to handle social skills like crowds at a mall. In addition, the touch screen often promotes fine-motor skills such as writing or manipulating small objects. Although this is not a cure for autism, it can enhance a child’s life and education. You can find many applications for children with special needs as techinspecialed.com.

Information contained in this blog post is in reference to applicationsforgood.org.

Internet Safety for Children

This internet can be a wonderful resource for children. Many schools are incorporating internet use for school projects, teacher communication, and study helps. It is important for both teachers and parents to educate their children on internet safety. Although there is no one hundred percent guarantee that your child is safe while on the internet, these four tips will help lower their risk.

1)      Set ground rules. These rules should include never giving out personal information such as name, age, or location, never enter a chat room, and never share passwords with anyone. This allows children to know what is expected of them.

2)      Place the computer in a centralized location. This prevents your child from being unsupervised wile on the internet, and allows parent interaction.

3)      Bookmark your child’s websites. This allows easier access for your child, and prevents unwanted errors.

4)      Be involved in your child’s internet use. The more you take interest in what your child is involved in, the more open your child will be.

Parents should be concerned with their child’s internet use if he or she is spending long hours online, especially at night, receiving phone calls from people you don’t know, or receiving unexpected gifts by mail. Many children, especially young, are naive. Teaching internet safety to your child is crucial.

Information in this blog post was in reference to kidshealth.org.