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Students today are using information and communication technologies to text friends, stream videos, read books, write term papers, set up spreadsheets, and even design webpages. Some educators worry that students will have a difficult time using up-to-date technologies in the classroom, when in reality it’s usually the educators who do. Today’s student is more than capable of learning new technologies that are essential in the modern workplace.
Educational institutions need to get onboard and teach these technologies in the classroom so students will be equipped with the IT skills they need when they graduate.
In the past, education was primarily done through book learning. Today, the Internet and IT play a vital role in teaching students valuable information, subject matter, and organizational and communication skills.
So how can educators better employ IT resources in the classroom?
Information technologies such as multimedia computer software that combines text, sound, and images, can be used to provide challenging content that engages students in the learning process. For example, Adobe offers a variety of educational software for students and educators to improve collaboration and productivity.
In the modern workplace, most employers are looking for individuals who are familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel. Computers and mobile devices have advanced, offering consumer-focused apps designed to increase organization, productivity, and efficiency in educational setting and the modern workplace. These tools need to be used in the classroom as well.
Information technology can be used to improve the validity of tests along with the quality of feedback provided to students. Educators can be more productive and effective when using educational data management software to promote teaching and learning on a more personalized level. In addition, educators can identify at-risk students easily with data insights and provide the specific help they need.
Information technology has the potential to drastically improve teaching and learning capabilities. However, teachers and students need ready access to IT networks to succeed. It’s the job of educational administrators to provide this in a secure and reliable manner. Educational institutions that choose to outsource IT services solutions can ensure IT systems are up and running smoothly and securely at all times, and available when teachers and students need them.