Enhancing Content Area Learning

Integrating technology in any of the core subject classrooms (math, language arts, science, history) brings the lessons to life for the students. Students start learning more than one thing at a time as they use critical thinking, incorporating technology usage throughout the students day and the interconnection between subject matters.  Incorporating technology and project based learning into the classroom allows students to get out of their seats and apply, research, experiment what they are learning and how it applies outside of textbooks.  In an article written through Edutopia the author states: “Learning through projects while equipped with technology tools allows students to be intellectually challenged while providing them with a realistic snapshot of what the modern office looks like. Through projects, students acquire and refine their analysis and problem-solving skills as they work individually and in teams to find, process, and synthesize information they’ve found online.”

Using technology within the math classroom has proven to help students on standardized testing, with technical skills and practice (Smith).  Studies have also shown how technology can help students fill in the gaps students have within their education.  Using technology allows for teachers to differentiate what each student needs to practice on to meet the individual needs of each student, instead of working as an entire class.

Along with computers, sometimes it is even more helpful to use graphing calculators. These devices are hand held and sometimes easier for schools to provide for each student (Smith).  Graphing calculators help students make connections between equations, graphs, tables, and other data sets.  It is also a tool that is used throughout higher education math classes.  Using them in high school allows students to understand how to use them, feel comfortable using them so when used in college, or other technical schools, it is not a new device that has to be learned.

Connecting technology into the core subjects is important in preparing students for real world, high education, and cross-curriculum projects.  As teachers concentrate on specific subjects, in the real world these topics are integrated together and are expected to be understood.  Technology is an important tool that needs to be implemented more and more in each subject matter as it is already so intertwined in much of our lives throughout our culture.

Resources:

Smith, L. (n.d.). Winning Equation: How Technology Can Help Save Math Education. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/technology-math-education

Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many. (n.d.).Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-introduction

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