Technology has grown leaps and bounds over the past decade, making a large impact on education. While advances in technology have made a lot of things easier when it comes to education, it has also pushed educators to constantly re-evaluate the best ways to use it in the classroom.
One of the questions that many educators and educational institutions are asking is whether they are ‘future ready.’ Future Ready Schools include the following components:
R – robust, rigorous resources
E – engaged students with equitable access
A – active parents for deeper engagement
D – dedicated educators
Y – “yes culture” of leadership
School district's can take the Future Ready pledge to show “A commitment to work with educators, families, and community members to help achieve a district of Future Ready schools.”
Unsure of how to prepare your classroom for effective technology use? Here are some tips:
- Get internet access in your classroom. Access to all of the available technology provides the basic foundation for its use in the classroom. Without access, you and your students are at a disadvantage.
- Get appropriate hardware and software in your classroom. Acquire desktop computers, laptops, or tablets for student use on a regular basis.
- Make your classroom conducive for collaboration. Technology makes collaboration easy among your own students, as well as students across the globe. Design you classroom layout and lesson plans around the idea that collaboration breeds ideas, sharing and confident students.
- Be a future ready teacher. No amount of technology will make your classroom future ready if you are not willing to make use of it. Educate yourself on the skills that will help you effectively use technology in your instruction. There are loads of resources online that can make your lessons more engaging. Look for videos, slideshows, interactive software, and activities that you can include in your lessons.