It is estimated that by the year 2020 4.2 million jobs will be in IT and computing. That is less than a decade away and yet we still have educators and school boards thinking technology in the classroom may not be a necessity. For our students to meet the challenge of this ever changing and growing economy, technology should be put at the forefront of education.
Technology is here to stay and we have to build a model for our students that ensure they are exposed to technology based education and concepts NOW.
Educating administrators is the key to making sure our classrooms have the proper technology integration. Many educators see the need, on some level, to have technology. Educating the administration on the risk of NOT technologically enhancing our classrooms based on the statistics of the job opportunities available once students are graduating, could help show how classroom technology should be the priority.
School wireless networks must prioritize getting their infrastructure up to date so students can learn with the devices and programs they will need to use in the workforce. Here is a good list of common core tools that should be standard in a classroom that wants to prioritize technology:
1.) Secure Wireless Networks:
Students should be able to access their learning application from any type of device with web content filtering and application level control built in. The Wireless Network System should support securely student and teacher’s own devices as well as any the school owns.
2.) Interactive Smart Boards:
Smart boards with web access built can run interactive software that enhances the class materials. They also allow content to be saved and emailed with notes to the students on the learning sessions from that day.
3.) Video Conferencing:
Allowing the students to travel to any place they are learning about, be it NASA or The Amazon jungle, through video conferencing can monumentally enhance the learning experience for that student. There are hundreds of channels and organizations that allow connectivity to them via video conference.
4.) Multimedia Sound and Video:
Audio visual installation should include the ability to project video and listen to audio from many different sources be it the classroom smart board or a pc.
5.) Lecture Capture Software:
This software allows the content shown in class that day to be made readily available online for the students to review and study from home.
6.) Web Conferencing & Video Streaming:
You Tube is readily available and students can upload and create videos with a Webcam and some web conferencing software can then be used to have a remote teaching source.
We have helped hundreds of schools educate their administration on how to create the types of classrooms that will enhance student’s learning for the future. We owe it to our students to teach them in a way that will provide enhanced skills for their future careers. If you have any questions about possible option or how to get started just contact us here. We are more than happy to help!