The Resurgence of Forgotten Technology in the Classroom

Droids, iPhones, iPods, Chrome Books, Kindles, iPads – technology is pervasive in our world and it isn’t just for adults and teens. Today, children are born with access to instant information with a plethora of gadgets.

To keep up with trends and engage all students in the classroom, many schools are realizing the importance and necessity of advanced technology.

Traditional classroom devices, such as projectors and computers, continue to play an important role in students’ learning as technologies advance.  Some often-overlooked areas are now becoming the focus of attention.

Audio

Classroom audio plays a crucial role in education. Hearing what teachers say forms the core of the student learning experience. The nuances of language must be clear. To that end, all-in-one products, like Lightspeed’s exciter technology, redefine classroom audio and amplification. They go beyond audibility (hearing) and create better intelligibility (understanding). Learn more about Lightspeed here.

Modern “Chalk” Boards

Using interactive whiteboard systems was a popular choice in the past. Their use is now making a resurgence because these systems are effective in many ways. Visually the pictures and video help the lessons come alive for students from all grade levels, preschool to college. Statistics show that whiteboards help educators achieve better results. Watch learning become fun with SMART Technologies interactive board and preschoolers from California’s Pomona Unified School District:

Immediate Response Systems

In the past, teachers used to give tests and quizzes to check if students grasped the knowledge and concepts being taught. Research shows that immediate feedback is a significantly better way to gauge how well students are absorbing lesson plans. Now teachers have the ability to instantly assess student learning through formative and summative assessments – increasing student engagement and participation and improving learning outcomes.SMART Response

One of the most successful techniques used in the classroom are the SMART Response systems which available in five unique models to suit a variety of learning environments, such as 1:1, K–12, early education, special needs and advanced math and science. For example, the SMART Response™ LE interactive response system is ideal for early education students and learners with special needs. With this, students at all reading levels use simple, colorful handheld remotes (or clickers) to answer questions, receive instant feedback from their teachers and stay engaged in lessons.

Learn more about all five SMART Interactive Response Systems here.

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