Technology in the Classroom
By Nicholas Balog
Integrating technology into the classroom is a vital component of education in the 21st century. Access to the internet for every student during a lesson is a valuable tool, especially for a social studies class that is exploring our world. This year 7th grade social studies has used the school’s mobile computer labs for a wide variety of projects and activities. The class has used the labs to finance vacations to China, research historical sites and travel back in time to study early Native Americans. Combined with the Promethean boards in our classrooms the possibilities for presenting student work is endless. Connecting content information with work done on computers reinforces skills that these students will most likely use for the rest of their lives. As technology becomes a larger part of our society students will need to be familiar with computers and the internet as a resource in their lives. The internet has become a staple for our youth today, and they use it to navigate an endless supply of information. Every day that they are exposed to it in a school setting increases their learning and in turn makes education real. In addition, skills such as word processing, research and media production prepare students for a job market that is dominated by technology related fields and higher education that demands computer literacy. Computers are an incredible gateway to information, but learning how to use this tool accurately and effectively will further our school’s mission of graduating every student with the necessary knowledge, skill and character to find success in life.