Organized by: Anthony Carswell
Technologies such as computers, coupled with appropriate software and applications, can support instructors in building a learning environment that develops necessary skills, such as communication, collaboration and the ability to adequately research and study. Students who are able to work in technology-rich environments have access to a wide variety of resources and a great deal of learning opportunities. The benefits of technology in the classroom include: Simple Research - Fast accessibility to vast amounts of information found online. Research becomes simpler and enjoyable. Motivation - Motivation builds when students are interested in learning, accomplished by the implementation of new, exciting technologies. Learning can be fun, and the student's motivation is reflected. Communication - Communication skills are polished through global communication. Technology, such as email, chat rooms and discussion forums, allow students to reach out to peers, whether from their own class or from classrooms halfway around the world. Better Testing - Technology allows for better assessment, whether through easier standardized testing methods or through immediate in-class answer-systems, such as response clickers. Teachers can quickly see which students require more assistance, and programs can be tailored to the individual needs of the students based on the responses received.