Technology benefits

So what benefits exactly can we expect if we give into pressure and let technology into our classrooms?

Having access to the Internet means that an endless wealth of up-to-date resources are quite literally at our fingertips. Images, news reports, articles, blog posts, commercials, songs, games, quizzes, podcasts, video tutorials, virtual trips, movie makers, you name it, they are all there for the taking. With the help of mobile devices, they can quite easily be accessed in the classroom to substitute or even replace textbook material that we find irrelevant or dull.
Bad news is that it’s all too easy to spend ages looking for that perfect image, text or application to go with our lesson. After all, there are so many websites to search! But who says, that it’s us who needs to do all the searching?

Technology makes it easier for students to take part in the selection of materials for lessons. The concept may sound a bit scary, especially to those of us with more dictatorial inclinations. But we must realise that – to give one simple example – letting students choose the images for discussion, rather than provide them with a ready set, are unlikely to cause anarchy. It will, however probably cause increased engagement and participation, as students will finally have a chance to talk about ideas they find interesting and can relate to.

Students, who are engaged in classroom work more effectively, complete all tasks more thoroughly and, generally speak more and get more out of their lessons. They are also more likely to do their homework and review material more systematically than usually, especially if – with the aid of a mobile device and some good will – they can do both of these things in a park or just as well as at their own desk. All of this in turn means that there is more practice in and outside of the classroom, and practice, as we all know, makes perfect.

A valuable spin-off from incorporating technology into our teaching is that, apart from honing their language skills, our students get a chance to develop a range of useful ICT competences. Being able to create various types of presentations, critically evaluate the credibility of digital information or maintain proper online etiquette, will in turn help them become more confident and more autonomous learners.

Using technology reduces and, in some cases, completely eliminates the use of paper in our classrooms. This not only helps us to save the world’s precious forests but also – perhaps even more importantly in our immediate context – helps us to save plenty of time that we would otherwise spend fiddling with the photocopier.

Artykuł autorstwa Barbary Jóźwiak - lektorki Lang LTC powstał W ramach projektu Erasmus+ Mobilność Kadry Edukacji Szkolnej.