Technology in the classroom is critical for preparing students for their futures — in college, careers, and beyond.
While the benefits of the information age are evident, there’s a common misconception that using technology affects students socially and hinders their abilities to work together.
But as it turns out, being “behind a screen” doesn’t actually hinder these skills. In many ways, technology actually fosters communication and enhances collaboration. Here are a few of the most exciting opportunities students have today.
Speeches and presentations have always been used to help students develop communication skills in the classroom. With improved technology, students can engage with their audience like never before, strengthening their message and sharpening their abilities to present effectively.
Students can collaborate with people in other locations, and even in other cultures, through online learning communities. If properly monitored by adults, this communication can expand horizons, giving students a variety of different perspectives to learn from.
Group projects have never been easier with tools that allow students to collaborate within a single document or presentation from different locations. This means progress can be made outside of in-person meetings, boosting productivity while keeping everyone on the same page.
Being adept with online learning tools makes students much more likely to succeed if they choose to take college courses in an online format. Distance learning also offers many benefits that traditional education cannot, such as working toward a degree while spending time on the mission field.
Students often have questions outside of classroom hours, and parents benefit from staying in touch with teachers. Online portals and email allow for greater engagement than ever. Thanks to technology, educational outcomes are improved and relationships are strengthened.
See Technology at Work
NCA has always seen the value of technology in the classroom. We take extra measures to ensure students are using it safely and effectively to enhance their learning experience. If you’re looking for a Christian school that prepares 21st-century learners, schedule a tour to see technology at work on our campus.