Technology and Blended Learning

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Technology and Learning In today’s world, technology is everywhere. Children are exposed to technology basically at birth. It is common to see infants watching T.V or computer screens and babies playing with their parent’s cell phones or tablets. Teachers from preschool through college have started to incorporate technology into the daily learning agenda and they are seeing positive results. Schools are going as far as using computer based teaching applications a quarter of the school day to improve students learning. That is not the only way technology has assisted learning. There are many programs that teachers use to facilitate kids learning. Computers can help teachers make learning fun. There are many computer programs that teach lessons in the form of games which kids enjoy and encourages kids to want to learn. There are even computer programs like Rosetta Stone that can teach anyone, child or adult to speak an entire new language! Technology has really skyrocketed people’s ability to gain knowledge. Schools are following a fast-accelerating trend called blended learning and this is where kids will spend a portion of their day engaging in technology (Halpert). Technology is not only in elementary schools, iPads and tablets are even incorporated into pre-school learning curriculum. Children as young as two and three are playing interactive games on tablets and iPads. At a very young age kids are being exposed to interactive learning and seem to be learning better because of it. Teachers have software that is able to demonstrate what area the child needs improving on whether it be vocabulary or critical thinking and provide the child with learning games or quizzes that are aimed to improve those fields (Roxby). The entire wo... ... middle of paper ... ... Tech in the Classroom Help Kids Learn?" Mashable. N.p., 12 Aug. 2012. Web. 01 Dec. 2013 Mozes, Alan. "Smart Technology May Help Kids With Autism Learn, Communicate." US News. U.S.News & World Report, 02 Aug. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2013 Ross, Michael. "Can Technology Help Students Be Better Learners?" Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 16 Dec. 2009. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. Taub, Eric A. "The Web Way to Learn a Language." The New York Times. NY Times, 27 Jan. 2010. Print. Bryson, Carey. "TV Can Be Good for Kids!" Kids' Movies & TV. About, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. Ravitz, Jessica. "Laptops Bring Lessons, Maybe Even Peace." CNN. Cable News Network, 5 Mar. 2009. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. Gossel, Leigh. "Key to Balancing the Pros and Cons of the Effects of Technology on Kids Is to Practice Moderation." By Leigh Goessl. N.p., 21 Feb. 2010. Web. 08 Dec. 2013.
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