Computers have been in school systems since the 1980’s. Integrating technology into a student’s studies has become a very integral part of a teacher’s curriculum. Finding interesting and unique ways of using technology is something every teacher takes into consideration when planning their daily lesson.
Computers have been used for many years to do research and complete reports. Using grading programs that are Internet based allow students and parents to check on the child’s progress with a click of a button. Calculating the grades is done automatically in the grading programs along with keeping attendance. Student information is at a teacher’s fingertips so communication with parents is on a higher level.
Students have used the computer for many years to type reports and do research. Over the years, educational software has advanced so students have the opportunity to learn accounting, budgeting, CAD, computer graphics, journalism, math and reading. Many grade schools utilize the computer for testing in reading to watch the progression of comprehension within each student. Student’s compete against themselves in taking the tests so they can see their own improvement.
The SmartBoard has provided teachers with a new technology tool to use in the classroom. SmartBoards are replacing blackboards and whiteboards at a fast pace. The SmartBoard uses computer based programs. Interacting with the application is done by using a keyboard or by touching the screen with your finger or special colored pens. Internet companies provide many free educational SmartBoard games and activities. Students compete against one another or against themselves while learning age relevant information.
Educational software programs are available for children from preschool through the college level. The software programs offer a student help to progress through their studies. Teachers use computer software in all subject areas to enhance student learning through daily activities, as a reward for a job well done within the classroom and as extra credit by some teachers. Numerous types of educational software is available to the public. Parents interested in helping their child succeed in school will benefit from purchasing educational software for home studies.
Blogging on the Internet is a way for teacher’s to post classroom assignments, notes to parents and special activities for the students. The blogs allow students to post comments and ask questions after school hours. The questions may not always get answered that day but the question is posed so the teacher may address it in class the next day.
School systems use the Internet for school homepages. The homepage provides information about the school to the general public. It also has areas for daily lunch schedules, activity schedules, weather announcements and other vital information. Students and parents enjoy browsing through the school website to obtain information.