Creations such as iPhones, iPads, Kindles and Droids have been presented to consumers in such a flaunting manor that many can’t resist acquainting themselves with these innovations. School districts are no exception.
Already, relatively recent technological advances in the classroom like overhead projectors and SMART Boards are becoming a thing of the past. There is an up and coming generation of technologically filled classrooms called “paperless classrooms.”
Now that doesn’t mean there is absolutely no use for paper, but pretty close to it. Students use new tools such as laptops and iPads, blogs, podcasts, audio-video software, and visit websites like Teacher Tube, Facebook and Twitter.
Milford Public Schools have already been exposed to these types of learning. Educators and administrators are continuing to become familiar with new technological tools that will help students succeed and, they say, create a more enjoyable learning environment.
“All of these [technological] advances have made in-class learning more entertaining and more interactive,” says Chris Kulenych, a language arts teacher at . “These technologies have made lecture classes more engaging and more relevant to all kids.”
Kulenych is one of many who love the new innovations in the classroom. “Using laptops and SMART boards really helps kids who are visual learners, and they give kids access to incredible amounts of information - much more than any teacher can go over in a 45-minute period,” he says.
Real World Experience
In these “paperless classroom,” teachers will have supplies like an Apple iPad or a Kindle, and students will come into class and grab his or her assigned iPad or Kindle, which will be their learning tool.
Whether it be following along to the teacher’s online lesson plan, posting their thoughts on an online journal, or even downloading a book directly to their device and reading it in class, the possibilities are just about endless. Supplying students with these learning tools will also cut back on the amount of paper used.
Adding technology to the classroom captures the attention of students because it incorporates something they love and use all the time -- iPads, iPhones, computers -- and links it with an educational purpose.
“Kids today are constantly using technology, whether it be an iPod or smart phone, and now we as teachers get to use that same technology,” Kulenych says.
Everything that needs to be accomplished in a classroom is still very much possible with these new innovations - if not more so. Online tests can be administered, research can be conducted, papers can be produced, and sharing ideas can be done both inside and outside of the classroom.
“By using laptops and other technology in class, we are also able to give kids real world experience,” Kulenych notes. “[Students] are going to have to use technology in almost any field they choose, and in-class use of technology gives them an opportunity to practice that.”