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Increasing Student Engagement and Efficiency With Technology

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How technology enhances learning in the classroom

Key takeaways:

  • Digital tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) enhance lessons in the classroom
  • Technology allows for personalized learning
  • Teachers benefit from technology with enhanced productivity and efficiency
  • AI and VR encourage more interaction and engagement with lessons

Upgrades in technology enhance how we do business, go to school, and live in society. Regarding the classroom, specifically, technology can increase learning, efficiency, productivity, and results. It gives students engaging tools to learn and prepares them for the workforce. We discuss how American Heritage Schools uses technology in the classroom to increase student immersion and motivation, harness online resources, and strengthen student-teacher engagement.

 

The benefits of technology in today’s classroom

Technology is a tool that enhances the educational experience for today’s students. It actively engages students in their lessons, improves lesson planning for teachers, and ensures that students learn the 21st century skills they will need in their future careers

American Heritage Schools incorporates many digital tools into their classrooms, including VR, Augmented Reality (AR), AI, and robotics. These tools encourage students to explore the world in active ways, work together to solve problems, and communicate their findings. 

We create a personalized, dynamic learning experience for students so that they want to learn. Technology allows teachers to collect and study data on each student’s achievement so they can direct lessons to meet individual needs.
 

Teachers, teamwork, and communication

Learning to work and communicate with others is an essential skill in any career. Technology enhances communication and allows teachers to be more fully engaged in the learning process. Online lessons, learning games, and programs enable collaborative activities that make it easier for students to share ideas and solve problems together. 

Technology allows us to personalize lesson plans to meet students’ individual needs. Learning does not always need to happen as a group. We encourage one-on-one interactions with a teacher so students can ask questions or receive help in areas where they may be struggling. We have a low student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1, allowing for a more personalized educational environment.
 

Personalized learning opportunities

We touched on this earlier, but what does “personalized learning” really mean? At American Heritage Schools, it means we can tailor lessons based on each student’s interests and needs. Not all students learn at the same pace, and technology allows for more opportunities for self-directed learning at a suitable pace. Video pertaining to certain lessons can be reviewed later with technology, for example. 

Plus, teachers can review classroom data to see which students struggle in certain areas. In this case, the teacher might engage in a review, one-on-one session, or suggest additional resources. Technology supports learning 24/7 via the Internet and other digital resources. This allows students to learn on their time and catch up as necessary. 
 

Creating engaging lessons and content

Children are naturally curious about the world, even teenagers who often seem uninterested. More engaging content that includes technology students already use can spark creativity and curiosity, which often leads to greater academic success. VR, AR, robots, and virtual classrooms make class livelier and create more inclusive learning environments that foster collaboration and inquisitiveness.

A tool for teachers

Teachers also benefit from new technology, especially when it comes to efficiency and productivity. They can use digital tools to create lesson plans, increase their support for students, and boost engagement in the classroom. Technology allows more opportunities to create personalized learning plans and identify methods that fit with individual learning styles.

Examples of technology in the classroom

VR tools encourage greater interaction and engagement. Students can explore museums around the world, take virtual field trips, and go back in time to study dinosaurs…all without leaving home.

VR examples for the classroom:

  • History - Google Expeditions gives students opportunities to go on virtual field trips to ancient Greece.
  • Scientific exploration – Apps like InCell and InMind allow students to see a beating heart, while the VR Roller Coaster allows them to learn about kinetic energy.
  • Engineering – Oculus Rift and Sketchfab apps give students the ability to recreate 3D structures, including ancient ruins.
  • Literature – The CoSpaces app helps bring classic books to life by allowing students to recreate settings and places.

AR creates interactive environments, overlaying one-dimensional images with music, graphics, and videos to enhance learning. The popular game, “Pokémon Go”, is a great example of augmented reality. 

In the classroom, AR can be used to present lessons more dynamically. It can be applied to a wide array of different subjects, including chemistry, biology, anatomy, geography, geometry, engineering, history, and reading.  

Examples of AR:

  • Dinosaur 4D+ - Flashcards that let students view 3D dinosaurs using AR flashcards.
  • Element 4D – Students learn about chemistry concepts, including the atomic weight of elements and chemical reactions between different elements.
  • Google Expeditions – Explore 3D objects like volcanos, rain forests, and hurricanes, as well as microscopic elements like human DNA.

AR is a significant trend and it’s estimated that there will be 2.4 billion AR mobile users worldwide by 2023. It’s used in mobile games and social media platforms. Exposing our students to it now prepares them for the future. 

Using technology to higher education

Technology is a prevalent part of our lives now and there are many ways to use it beyond social media and web browsing. It is also an integral part of the educational experience for students and teachers. At American Heritage Schools, we harness technology to encourage students to become more engaged in their educational journeys. Teachers also use it to create more dynamic lessons and personalized learning experiences. 

 

American Heritage Schools is a leader in private education, academic excellence, and innovation. With two 40 acre campuses, one in Broward County and the other in Palm Beach County, Florida, we serve 4,600 students grades Pre-K 3 through 12. American Heritage Schools was recently named the #1 Private School for academic success with the highest number of National Merit Scholars of all private schools in the nation. For over 55 years, our mission of knowledge, integrity, and compassion through developing the full potential of each child to be an active, intelligent, creative, and contributing member of society. Contact an admissions director for more information or sign up for a campus tour.