Several decades ago, every classroom had a collection of books, number two pencils and college-ruled paper. Today, these items are being replaced by computers, tablets, e-readers and the list goes on. Blackboards have become interactive whiteboards and parent-teacher conferences can now take place via Skype. It’s clear in classrooms across the world that education has gone wireless.
What does that mean for someone who is looking to get their doctorate in education? A lot. No matter the role you hope to play in a school district, you’ll need to have a clear understanding of technology in order to succeed. Not only will you need to know the purpose and use of the technology in your district, but you will need to know the cost and expected lifespan of each component.
As a student earning your doctorate in education, you will most likely use technology in the majority, if not all, of your classes. Whether or not you take any online classes or pursue an online degree, many instructors are choosing to put at least a portion of the curriculum on the web. Quizzes and tests are now often provided through educational software, and more instructors are requiring students to submit work, view their syllabi and develop a portfolio online.
For years, influencers in the education field have been trying to figure out new and creative ways for students to learn. Each child learns at his or her own pace, in his and her own way.
Technology has been a lifesaver when it comes to teaching students with disabilities, incorporating current events into the classroom and even homeschooling, which students can now do completely online. Many schools are providing laptops for each student and setting up district-wide wifi in order for the students to have access to news and information through their wireless devices.
While some critics have made the argument that online education can isolate students and remove a part of the education experience, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, Karen Cator, expects less of this to happen in the future.
“In the past, online learning has tended to be isolating and less participatory and has been distinct from using technology in the classroom. But going forward, interactions will be key. Just as people engage in online interactions—around virtual sports teams, cooking, or whatever—students will be able to engage in participatory learning experiences online in and out of the classroom,” she said.
A main goal for educators should be assuring that students, parents and community members are always up-to-date on news and information that may be valuable to them. School districts are making it easier than ever for everyone to feel informed thanks to advancements in communication.
Districts are now using social media, websites, email and private portals to communicate and interact with parents on everything from lunch price hikes to students’ grades. By sharing news on public websites, schools are expanding knowledge of what they have to offer, highlighting student achievements and showing the world how they are impacting student lives.
Long gone are the days when all students needed to succeed were number two pencils. Today’s students thrive using technology, and by learning from educators who understand the technology themselves. To learn more about how Texas Wesleyan uses technology to train our students going for their doctorate in education, reach out to one of our admissions counselors.